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September 18, 2018

Former Fusion GPS Employee: Almost Every Claim We Made About Paul Manafort Was Wrong and I Regret Having Pushed This Hoax On to the Public

Chuck Ross reporting.

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A former contractor for Fusion GPS claims the opposition research firm got its investigation of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort "almost completely wrong."

Graham Stack, who was hired by Fusion GPS in July 2016, writes in the Kyiv Post that he "share[s] the blame" for creating what he now says is a false narrative that Manafort worked for the Ukrainian government to advance a pro-Russia agenda.

"There have been scores of media articles about Manafort -- and 90 percent regurgitate the simplistic narrative of Manafort as a Kremlin trojan horse," Stack wrote at the Kyiv Post.

"This narrative was developed by Washington commercial intelligence firm Fusion GPS in 2016, as part of their now famous dossier on Trump, distributed widely among major media outlets," Stack continued.

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Stack, who has written for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, argues that Manafort's work in Ukraine did not advance Russia’s interests.

"What we got wrong about Manafort -- and what Mueller has got partly right in his indictment -- is that Manafort was nothing like a pro-Kremlin influence on the former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, as the dossier alleged. Instead, Manafort was one of the driving forces pushing Yanukovych towards signing the agreement with the EU. The Kremlin has every reason to hate him," Stack wrote.

"Manafort was amazingly successful in bringing Ukraine into the Western fold," he said.

OUT: Manafort is a secret agent for Russia

IN: Manafort is a double-super-secret agent for the E.U.


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