Tag: BuzzFeed

How BuzzFeed News And ICIJ Did It

More than a year ago, BuzzFeed News received a remarkable collection of secret government documents. This huge trove had been assembled at the request of law enforcement agencies and congressional committees investigating the 2016 presidential election and other matters. The documents contained private banking information about public figures and senior government officials around the world — along with suspected criminals and organizations tied to terrorism.

Among the documents were more than 2,100 suspicious activity reports, or SARs, which banks and other financial institutions submit to the US Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, when they observe transactions that suggest money laundering or other illegal activity. Such reports can support investigations and intelligence gathering — but by themselves they are not evidence of a crime.

These documents are so closely protected that they are never supposed to be available to the public. You can’t get them through Freedom

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BuzzFeed Deletes Mass Email Accusing Staffer of Harassment

Someone earlier this week emailed dozens of BuzzFeed staffers alleging harassment by one of their co-workers. Less than a day later, the email was gone from all company inboxes, leaving staff confused and disturbed.

On Tuesday, dozens of employees—predominantly women—at the digital news and culture outlet received the email from a non-staffer leveling personal, uncorroborated accusations at one of their BuzzFeed colleagues, and calling for him to be fired. The email struck some staff as bizarre and disturbing, and it quickly prompted an internal response from BuzzFeed’s human-resources chief.

“At this time, we have not corroborated the allegations, and have no reason to believe the individual poses harm to any BuzzFeed employee,” senior vice president Katie Sitter said in a note to those who’d received the email. “We want to assure you that we are looking into this matter further.”

But the following day, when some employees went to find

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