Big picture: Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe said Thursday night on the group’s YouTube channel that he will appeal after a jury awarded consulting firm Democracy Partners $120,000.
detail: Lawyers for Democracy Partners told a jury in Washington earlier this month that they were “victims of political espionage conducted by Project Veritas” during the 2016 presidential election, according to Politico. rice field.
- Project Veritas claimed that this was newsgathering and that the operatives were working as journalists during the sting operation.
- However, a jury of five women and four men found that former operative Allison Mars was “illegitimately accused” after “using a false name and story” to obtain an internship at Democracy Partners. Politico reported that it determined that it had “breached its fiduciary duty” in an operation that amounted to misrepresentation.
- According to the NYT, Mars secretly recorded the conversation and submitted the paperwork she filed to Project Veritas. Project Veritas edited and released the video as part of an operation that Democracy and Her Partners said was aimed at embarrassing Hillary Clinton and increasing his election chances for presidential rival Donald Trump. did.
What they say: Democracy Partners co-founder Robert Creamer said: “Today’s decision will prevent O’Keeffe and others from engaging in this type of political espionage and making selectively edited and misleading videos in the future. We hope this will help discourage people from disclosing to the public.” in a statement.
Opposite side: In a statement posted on the Project Veritas website, O’Keeffe said, “The jury has effectively determined that investigative journalists have a fiduciary duty to their subjects and that investigative journalists must not deceive their subjects.” made a judgment,” he said.
Editor’s Note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.