Parts of a leaked CNN interview released by an independent investigative outlet show Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., saying she thought she was going to be raped during the Jan.6 riot on Capitol Hill.
In the video clip released Tuesday by Project Veritas, Ocasio-Cortez tells CNN’s Dana Bash that she is a survivor of sexual assault, noting that she hasn’t “told that to a lot of people.” The Project Veritas source believed CNN would broadcast the interview in August, spokesman Mario Balaban told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
The New York Democrat announced to her 9 million Instagram followers in February that she is a survivor of a sexual assault, arguing that those who say it is time to get out of the Capitol riots are “using the same tactics of any other abuser who it just says go ahead. “
“For many [sexual assault] For survivors across the country, the decision to come forward often doesn’t feel like a conscious decision, “Ocasio-Cortez tells Bash in the video, adding:
That impact was doubled that day because of the misogyny and racism that was so deeply ingrained and animated, that attack on the Capitol, you know, white supremacy and patriarchy are closely linked in so many ways. There is a lot of sexualization of that violence. … And I didn’t think they were just going to kill me. I thought other things were going to happen to me too.
“It seems like you didn’t just think you were going to die, but you thought you were going to be raped,” Bash says in the interview clip.
“Yes,” responds Ocasio-Cortez.
The New York Democrat’s office did not respond to requests for comment from The Daily Caller News Foundation.
A CNN source said the leaked clips are not from an unaired documentary, but rather from a piece that is still being edited for display on cable output. The source characterized the video posted by Project Veritas as a “nuisance but no scandal.”
“This is journalism,” Balaban said when asked why Project Veritas would publish a leaked CNN interview. “When people leak information that the public deserves to know, Project Veritas will publish it.”
The bigger question, Balaban said, is why someone at CNN felt compelled to leak the footage early.
“They clearly thought it looked like a piece of puff pastry,” he said. “CNN was clearly framing [it] in a certain way. Someone obviously felt compelled to let Project Veritas reveal the story so that the public could know what the story really is. “
Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe said in a video message that YouTube had removed the leaked video from CNN on Tuesday, saying it “contains content from Turner CNN, who has blocked it for copyright reasons.”
YouTube did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“This is just another example of collusion between big media and big technology,” O’Keefe said, adding:
They would never do this if CNN was publishing material from Project Veritas. There would be no copyright issues. We’re posting things that we think the public has a right to know, about a member of Congress talking to Dana Bash. We made it our own, we don’t publish everything, we only publish minutes, we have a duty to do that.
Project Veritas is currently suing CNN for defamation, alleging that one of the cable outlet’s news anchors, Ana Cabrera, defamed Project Veritas in February by suggesting that her Twitter account was suspended for “promoting disinformation.”
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