CIA Director Mike Pompeo slammed The New York Times on Tuesday for what he says was a false report that was sourced by Russians who intended to trick the left-leaning publication.
The Times reported late last week that American spies paid a mysterious Russian $100,000 to deliver stolen "NSA cyber weapons and 'compromising material on President Trump,' including a supposed video of Trump with prostitutes in Moscow," The Washington Free Beacon reported.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) brought up the Times' report to Pompeo during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Tuesday, asking if the agency "categorically denied" it.
"Reporting on this matter has been atrocious," Pompeo said in response to Collins' question. "It's been ridiculous, totally inaccurate. And in our view, the suggestion the CIA was swindled is false."
"The people who were swindled were James Risen and Matt Rosenberg, the authors of those two pieces," Pompeo continued. "Indeed, it's our view that the same two people who were proffering phony information to the United States government, proffered that same phony information to these two reporters."
"The Central Intelligence Agency did not provide any resources — no money — to these two individuals who proffered U.S. government information, directly or indirectly, at any time," Pompeo concluded.