Russia caught CNN with and “fake news” story which said a US official says Russian authorities ordered the Anglo-American School of Moscow to close as retaliation for US sanctions
On Thursday, President Obama kicked out of the country 35 Russian intelligence agents, shut down two diplomatic compounds, and banned several individuals related to intellegencies, agencies and companies after it was said that the Democratic National Committee was hacked.
CNN said that “Russian authorities ordered the closure of the Anglo-American School of Moscow.” The source was “a U.S. official briefed on the matter.”
The K-12 school is led by the U.S., British, and Canadian embassies, and involves over 1,200 students from 60 nations.
“The order also closes access to the US embassy vacation house in Serebryany Bor, near Moscow,” CNN said.
“U.S. officials ‘anonymously informed’ their media that Russia closed the Anglo-American School in Moscow as a retaliatory measure,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova posted on Facebook. “That’s a lie.”
“Apparently, the White House has completely lost its senses and began inventing sanctions against its own children,” she wrote.
“You should not write that ‘Moscow denied…. Or Moscow will not…”. Write as it is: ‘The CNN TV channel and other Western media have again spread false information citing official American sources,’” Zakharova added.
The Facebook page of the school writes that it “is planning to open as scheduled following the New Year break.”
“The CNN story of the closure remains on its website as part of a larger article on Obama’s sanctions. No correction was issued. No call to the school was reported by CNN,” Forbes reported.