CNN: White House claims Obama admin approved Flynn calls with Russian ambassador

It’s entirely possible that the Obama people tried to get General Michael Flynn in trouble by telling him to do whatever he wanted to do regarding speaking with the Russian government.

Flynn had called out Obama as soft on Muslims. There was a seething hatred toward him by the Obama administration for criticizing their guy.

Excerpt from The Hill

The White House said on Friday that it was the Obama administration that authorized former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during President Trump’s transition, according to CNN.

Flynn pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Kislyak in the month before Trump took office, the first current or former Trump White House official brought down by special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s election meddling.

Court records indicate that his communications with Kislyak were directed by a Trump transition official, with multiple news outlets reporting that official was Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner.

“They are saying here at the White House that Flynn’s conversations with Sergey Kisylak were quote ‘authorized’ by the Obama administration,” CNN correspondent Jim Acosta said.

“We should point out, that is something that we have not heard before in terms of a defense from this White House,” he said.

The White House did not immediately respond to The Hill’s request for comment.

James Clapper, who served as the Director of National Intelligence under Obama, said that the claim that the Obama administration authorized Flynn’s contacts with Kislyak was “absurd,” adding that the administration was concerned by the communications at the time.

“That’s absurd. That’s absolutely absurd,” Clapper said on CNN.

“There was great concern at the time, not just with this particular contact, but with the violation of the principle that historically been followed of one president, one administration at a time,” he added. “So to say that we blessed it, or acquiesced it is a stretch.”

In a statement released shortly after he entered his guilty plea, Flynn acknowledged that he is cooperating with Mueller’s probe into Russian interference during last year’s election and any coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

According to court documents, Flynn lied to investigators when he told them that he did not ask Kislyak to refrain from retaliating against U.S. sanctions imposed by the Obama administration in response to the Russian meddling.

Flynn also lied when he told the FBI that he did not lobby Kislyak to oppose or delay a United Nations Security Council vote condemning Israeli settlements, a resolution strongly condemned by Trump.

Flynn resigned from the Trump White House in February — just 24 days into office — after it was reported that he misled Vice President Pence and other officials about his contacts with Kislyak.

The White House sought to distance itself from Flynn on Friday, noting that he only served as Trump’s national security adviser for a few weeks and that he lied to Pence about his interactions with Kislyak in the same vein that he lied to the FBI.

It’s not surprising that fake news press would reach out to James Clapper for comment. He’s a Trump hating globalist who’s been after Trump throughout his term of office.

DEEP STATE LOYALIST JAMES CLAPPER.

General Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying to FBI

General Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. Earlier this year he was relieved of his duties as National Security Adviser by President Trump for lying to Vice President Mike Pence.

The liberal press is promoting the idea that Trump and Pence will now be removed from office because Flynn has the goods on them and is “cooperating” with Special Counsel Mueller.

That issue is complex, but in a nutshell, it’s highly unlikely since as far as we know Flynn did nothing illegal upon the orders of Trump or anyone else.

Also, let’s remember that Flynn was Obama’s guy, appointed by Obama as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2012.

BBC

Ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI about meetings with Russia’s ambassador weeks before Donald Trump became president.

The charges were brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, as part of his inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.
Mr Flynn is the most senior member of the administration to be indicted.

He also revealed he was co-operating with Mr Mueller’s inquiry.
Significantly, a statement made by Mr Flynn to prosecutors appears to implicate a more senior, though unnamed, Trump team official – indicating the direction in which Mr Mueller’s investigation may be heading.

Numerous US media outlets said the senior official now under the spotlight is Jared Kushner – Mr Trump’s adviser and son-in-law.

The alt-right will not be sorry to see Kushner go. His duties have been throttled back for months now as he seems to be in over his head.

What happened in court?

Appearing in a federal court in Washington DC, he admitted to one count of knowingly making “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements”.

According to an AFP reporter in court, the judge accepted Mr Flynn’s guilty plea and said he would not face trial.

Mr Flynn then issued a statement in which he said: “I recognise that the actions I acknowledged in court today were wrong and, through my faith in God, I am working to set things right”.

He said his plea and co-operation deal “reflect a decision I made in the best interests of my family and of our country”. The retired Army lieutenant-general is unlikely to serve more than six months in prison.

The White House issued a statement saying that “nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr Flynn”. A presidential appearance in front of reporters was then cancelled.

As he was escorted from court by FBI agents, a handful of protesters shouted “criminal” and “lock him up”, echoing a chant he led against Hillary Clinton during the Republican party convention last year.

What are the charges?

Mr Flynn was forced to resign 23 days into his job in February, a month after he was questioned by the FBI for misleading the White House about meeting then Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak during the transition period, before Mr Trump took office.

Then, just over a week ago, US media said his legal team had told the president’s lawyers they could no longer discuss the case, prompting suggestions that he had begun co-operating with prosecutors.

It is not clear why he did not tell the truth to investigators. But it is illegal for a private US citizen, as Mr Flynn was during the transition, to conduct foreign affairs without the permission or involvement of the US government.

According to the charge sheet, Michael Flynn is accused of:
falsely telling FBI agents that on or about 29 December 2016 he did not ask Mr Kislyak to “refrain from escalating the situation in response to sanctions that the United States had imposed against Russia that same day”

failing to recall that Mr Kislyak had later told him Russia was moderating its response to the sanctions as a result of his request

falsely saying that, on or about 22 December 2016, he did not ask Mr Kislyak to “delay the vote on or defeat a pending United Nations Security Council resolution”. The discussion came a day before the Obama administration decided not to veto a resolution asserting that Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian territory “had no legal validity”

making false statements about the Turkish government’s involvement and supervision of a project that his intelligence company was taking part in.

Mr Flynn is not the first former Trump official to be charged.

In October, Mr Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and his business associate Rick Gates were accused of conspiring to defraud the US in dealings with Ukraine (both deny the charges). Another ex-aide, George Papadopoulos, has also pleaded guilty to making false statements to FBI agents

Mueller and Comey also sent Martha Stewart to prison for lying to the FBI.

More shortly on this story, which will be developing in the days and weeks ahead.

Advertisers Pull Ads Over Youtube Pedophile-Friendly Videos

Advertisers on youtube apparently rely upon youtube to place their ads on whatever videos youtube decides to put them on.

Since I pay no attention to ads online, I don’t care where an ad shows up. I ignore them all.

But advertisers would naturally be sensitive to having their name associated with child abuse. Therein lies the story of youtube responding to ad cancellations revolving around pedophiles lurking around select youtube content.

New York Post

YouTube has a perv problem.

The streaming-video giant has seen a slew of big brands — including Adidas, Deutsche Bank, Amazon and Oreo maker Mondelez — yank ads after a UK newspaper revealed on Friday they got paired with videos of scantily clad children that attracted disgusting comments from pedophiles.

Creeps have been flocking to YouTube videos of young girls in their underwear lazing in bed, doing splits and playing with each other. Many of the segments are uploaded by the kids themselves, with sick viewers asking them to remove their clothes and perform sex acts in future videos.

In its investigation, the Times of London said YouTube, a unit of Alphabet’s Inc. Google, had allowed sexualized imagery of children to be easily searchable, and that it hadn’t lived up to promises to better police its site to protect children.

In some cases, creeps were able to bypass YouTube’s filters by entering their searches in Russian, which brought up videos of Slavic children.

“There shouldn’t be any ads running on this content, and we are working urgently to fix this,” a YouTube spokesman said.

The site doesn’t plan to curb minors from posting videos, but aims to clamp down on pervs’ ability to seek out and post comments on them.

German discount retailer Lidl, Diageo, the distiller of Smirnoff vodka and Johnnie Walker scotch, and chocolate maker Mars all confirmed they had pulled advertising campaigns from YouTube.

“We are shocked and appalled to see that our adverts have appeared alongside such exploitative and inappropriate content,“ Mars said in a statement.

“We have taken the decision to immediately suspend all our online advertising on YouTube and Google globally… Until we have confidence that appropriate safeguards are in place, we will not advertise on YouTube and Google.”

The Times reported that YouTube does not proactively check for inappropriate images of children but instead relies on software algorithms, external nongovernment organizations and police forces to flag such content.

In March, corporate titans including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Walmart and Dish pulled their YouTube ads over concerns they might get paired with offensive videos.

YouTube parent Google — which makes tens of billions of dollars each year from ad sales — found itself in hot water with advertisers over YouTube videos by radical Muslim preacher Wagdy Ghoneim, white nationalist David Duke and terrorist support groups.

Earlier this week, YouTube said it was working on a fix after it was discovered that YouTube’s algorithm was getting fooled into recommending disturbing kids videos.

In one example, YouTube algorithms may have recommended that children who watched videos with the popular cartoon character Peppa Pig watch another video where Peppa Pig chugs bleach.

Youtube is promising to delete videos and shut down channels.

Deadline

In a statement on its official blog, Johanna Wright, VP of Product Management at YouTube, said the company has noticed “a growing trend around content on YouTube that attempts to pass as family-friendly, but is clearly not. While some of these videos may be suitable for adults, others are completely unacceptable, so we are working to remove them from YouTube.”

Wright’s note claimed the service had terminated over 50 channels and removed “thousands of videos” in the last week. It also has implemented age restrictions on certain content, making it available only to those over age 18. It will also apply machine-learning technology to seek out potentially objectionable content for faster human review.

I’m not sure, but I believe Toy Freaks has been shut down.

Anyone with a fetish for this kind of imagery needs to be under scrutiny. This whole story is just another example of our sick culture, which features nearly nude coffee servers, the loathsome Kardashians, trannies in the military, and child fetish videos on youtube.

God needs to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.

Black Congresswoman Demands Trump Apology, Calls Niger his Benghazi

FREDERICA WILSON. THE CONGRESSLADY WANTS AN APOLOGY FROM THE POTUS.

President Donald Trump finds himself in the middle of another feud. This time with a colored lady who wears big cowboy hats.

Setting aside the Trump-Wilson feud, McCain, Graham, and Schumer have finally met a war they don’t like–Niger. They had no idea that Americans were stationed there. Or so they say.

Just so Larry, Moe and Curly know, it was Obama who sent American troops to Niger to fight jihadists.

It looks like a joint effort is shaping up between Democrats and the Republican establishment to pin the deaths of four American soldiers on the enemy–the enemy being Trump, not the actual shooters, aka ISIS.

The story of the American mission in Niger is told concisely at NRO. You may want to read it to fill in the gaps.

The Guardian

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson on Sunday demanded an apology from Donald Trump’s White House for false statements made about her by senior officials, as the president continued to attack the Florida Democrat.

Wilson declared that the deadly ambush of US forces in Niger at the heart of their dispute was Trump’s equivalent of the deadly 2011 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, over which Republicans in Congress pursued Hillary Clinton, who was secretary of state when the attack happened.

Senators from both parties urged the administration to release more information about the Niger incident, which happened on 4 October and in which four Americans were killed.

Wilson said John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, had smeared her after she criticised Trump’s handling of a condolence call to the family of one of the soldiers killed in the ambush.

“General Kelly owes the nation an apology because when he lied about me, he lied to the American public,” Wilson said on Twitter.

Kelly on Thursday falsely accused Wilson of using a 2015 speech at the unveiling of a new FBI building in Florida to boast about securing federal money for her district. Video footage of the speech showed Wilson had in fact praised a bipartisan effort to name the complex after two agents killed on duty.

GENERAL KELLY. NO APOLOGY SO FAR.

Instead of acknowledging Kelly’s error, the White House falsely suggested that the video had supported his remarks. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, dismissed Wilson – who is known in Congress for her colourful stetsons – as being “all hat, no cattle”.

The quarrel began when Wilson disclosed Trump had told Sgt La David Johnson’s grieving widow that the green beret “knew what he signed up for” before being killed by insurgents in Niger. Wilson, a friend of Johnson’s family, had been invited to join them to listen to the president’s call.

Trump repeatedly denied making the comment and said he had proof Wilson’s claim was untrue. After Trump failed to produce such proof, Kelly appeared to confirm Wilson’s account of the call in his remarks on Thursday at the White House, even while condemning her for making it public.

Trump on Sunday morning posted his fifth tweet criticising Wilson. “Wacky Congresswoman Wilson is the gift that keeps on giving for the Republican Party, a disaster for Dems,” he wrote. “You watch her in action & vote R!”

The dispute has revived wider concerns about the fatal incident – in which the US soldiers were killed during an attack on their convoy and five Nigerien soldiers also died – and about America’s role in anti-terror efforts in the west African state. Authorities suspect militants affiliated to the Islamic State were responsible for the ambush. Sgt Johnson was buried in Florida on Saturday.

Conflicting accounts of what led to the attack given by US and Nigerien officials have led members of Congress including John McCain, the Republican chair of the Senate armed services committee, to criticise the Pentagon’s response.

Senator James Lankford, Republican of Oklahoma, said on Sunday he shared concerns over the contradicting narratives. “At this point we have conflicting stories,” Lankford said on CBS’s Face The Nation. “We want to be able to get the full, accurate story and get it right.”

Lankford’s sentiments were echoed by Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, and Senator Charles Schumer, a Democrat of New York.

“I didn’t know there was 1,000 troops in Niger,” Graham said on NBC’s Meet the Press. “This is an endless war without boundaries and no limitation on time and geography … You’ve got to tell us more and [McCain] is right to say that.”

Schumer, the Senate minority leader, said he was similarly unaware. Schumer said information being provided by the Trump administration was “not adequate” and should be re-examined.

“We need to look at this carefully,” Schumer told NBC. “This is a brave new world. There are no set battle plans.”

Here’s a question for you. Are there ever circumstances in which a white man, say General Kelly, should apologize to a black female?

Negress Congresswoman at Heart of Trump Phone Call Kerfuffle Calls General Kelly a Racist and a Liar

THE HORSE MANURE FROM FREDERICA WILSON’S MOUTH SURE MADE THAT ROSE GROW.

Looks like this may be the big story of the day. This is the second post here on Frederica the Hat Lady in the last 12 hours.

The more that she keeps opening her retarded mouth, the easier it is to flip people toward race realism.

Daily Mail

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson says John Kelly lied about her behavior at the dedication of an FBI building in her state and made a ‘racist’ charge against her in the process.

Wilson says she wasn’t a Member of Congress when the money for the building was secured, so she couldn’t have ‘bragged’ about bringing home the bacon like Kelly said she did.

‘You know, I feel sorry for Gen. Kelly. He has the sympathy for the loss of his son. But he can’t just go on TV and lie on me,’ Wilson said Friday on CNN.

The Florida Democrat also accused Kelly of using a ‘racist’ epithet against her during a White House news conference on Thursday afternoon, where he compared her to an ’empty barrel.’

Wilson said that after looking it up in the dictionary, she had concluded that ’empty barrel’ is a ‘racist term.’

The White House chief of staff and the Florida congresswoman are wrapped up in a mushrooming dispute over the president’s condolence call earlier this week to a soldier’s family that Wilson says was inappropriate.

GENERAL JOHN KELLY, TRUMP’S CHIEF OF STAFF.

Wilson says that Trump told Sgt. La David T. Johnson’s pregnant widow Myeshia that her late husband ‘knew what he signed up for’ when he enlisted but ‘when it happens it hurts anyway.’

Her account of the call, which she says she just happened to be present for, has been backed up publicly by other officials and family members who were present.

LA DAVID JOHNSON, KILLED IN ACTION.

Kelly, a retired general whose own son died in combat, was in the room with Trump when the president called the grieving family on Tuesday. He suggested yesterday that Trump spoke the words in question to the Johnsons – it’s the sentiment behind the statement that’s being misconstrued.

Denouncing Wilson as ‘selfish’ in an emotional statement for listening in on the presidential condolence call in the first place, Kelly smacked the Florida lawmaker for her conduct a 2015 memorial service for two slain FBI agents in Miami-Dade.

‘And a congresswoman stood up, and in the long tradition of empty barrels making the most noise, stood up there and all of that and talked about how she was instrumental in getting the funding for that building, and how she took care of her constituents because she got the money, and she just called up President Obama, and on that phone call he gave the money — the $20 million — to build the building,’ Kelly said.

‘And she sat down, and we were stunned. Stunned that she had done it. Even for someone that is that empty a barrel, we were stunned,’ he added.

Kelly – himself a Gold Star parent following his son’s 2010 death in Afghanistan – delivered the stunning statement from the White House briefing room.

Between this one and Maxine Waters, you have a good case that blacks should never be allowed to vote.

General Kelly says he was ‘stunned’ by black congresswoman’s account of Trump’s call to widow of black soldier

CONGRESSWOMAN FREDERICA WILSON. THOSE HATS!

When a new hatchet job on President Trump popped up a couple of days ago, I put together a draft but did not publish it since with Trump the story isn’t over until the fat lady sings.

In this case, the fat lady is General John Kelly, Trump’s Chief of Staff.

The media ran with a weird Negro Congresswoman’s story that Trump had disrespected a dead black soldier and his family by making a phone call of condolences. So, they said Trump is a racist and he doesn’t respect the military.

Today, General Kelly offered an emotional statement that vindicated Trump and left the libtards almost speechless.

This story was big on Sean Hannity’s and Joe Pags’ radio shows.

Excerpt from CNN

Washington (CNN)White House chief of staff John Kelly, in an extraordinary and at times emotional statement Thursday, said he was “stunned” by what a Democratic congresswoman told reporters after she listened in on President Donald Trump’s call to the widow of a fallen soldier.

GENERAL KELLY.

GENERAL KELLY’S DECEASED SON ROBERT.

Kelly, a Gold Star father, said he was “brokenhearted” by the congresswoman’s criticism and said that he had advised Trump on what to say before he called the families of the four fallen soldiers who died during an ambush in Niger. Kelly said he encouraged Trump to echo words Gen. Joseph Dunford offered to Kelly when his own son was killed in Afghanistan.

“He was doing exactly what he wanted to do when he was killed. He knew what he was getting into by joining that 1%. He knew what the possibilities were because we were at war,” Kelly said, channeling Dunford’s words to him upon the death of Kelly’s son. “And when he died he was surrounded by the best men on this earth, his friends. That’s what the President tried to say to the four families the other day.”

Rep. Frederica Wilson told CNN Tuesday evening that Trump told the widow that her husband “knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurt.”

Wilson, who listened in on the call via speakerphone because she is close with the family, said on CNN’s “New Day” Wednesday morning that Trump didn’t appear to know Sgt. La David Johnson’s name and that his widow “broke down” after her call with the President. Johnson was among the four US soldiers killed by enemy fire in the October 4 ambush.

SGT. LA DAVID JOHNSON AND WIDOW.

Cowanda Jones-Johnson, a family member who raised Johnson, told CNN Wednesday that Wilson’s account of the call between Trump and Johnson’s widow, Myeshia, was “very accurate.”

Trump denied Wilson’s account in both a tweet and a statement made at the White House.

While Kelly did not contradict Wilson’s account, he suggested her decision to speak out about the conversation “eroded a great deal” the sacrifice of men and women in uniform.

“Let’s not let this maybe last thing that is held sacred in our society, a young man, a young woman going out and giving his or her life for our country, let’s try to somehow keep that sacred,” Kelly said.

Kelly prefaced his criticism by drawing on his own experiences losing a son — which he rarely discusses publicly — to paint a picture for Americans of the ultimate sacrifice only a sliver of the population will ever know.

In gut-wrenching detail, Kelly spoke of the meticulous process by which the bodies of American troops are returned to the United States — “their first stop is when they are packed in ice” — and spoke of military casualty officers proceeding “to break the heart of a family member” by informing them of their child or spouse’s death.

He spoke of war buddies phoning families, like his, to share stories of the fallen and said the letters from commanders and the President of the United States don’t help ease the pain.

Kelly’s place at the podium came days after Trump pulled his chief of staff into the political storm by saying in an interview with Fox News: “You could ask General Kelly, did he get a call from Obama?”

The answer to that question was no, Kelly said Thursday, though he stressed “that was not a criticism.”

In fact, Kelly said he advised Trump not to phone the families of fallen soldiers because “if you’re not in the family, if you’ve never worn the uniform, if you’re not in combat, you can’t even begin to imagine how to make that call.”

When Trump insisted on making the calls, Kelly offered advice.

But Kelly said Wilson exhibited “selfish behavior” with her account of the call.

The former four-star Marine Corps general said Wilson’s words prompted him to leave the White House to go to Arlington National Cemetery and “go walk among the finest men and women on this earth.”

The rest of the CNN story mixes anti-Trump rhetoric with criticism of Kelly for not criticizing Trump. The excerpt above summarizes the meat of the story.

The hatred of Donald Trump (because he’s white?) continues in this outburst of psychobabble from The Miami Herald.

Here’s a short excerpt:

Everything is always about him.

His ego, not the nation, is President Donald Trump’s first priority.

If he proved anything this week, it’s that the consoler-in-chief role isn’t made for a man with his short-circuited emotional range.

President Trump is tone deaf. He can’t even carry out a condolence call to a pregnant widow with kind words that comfort like an embrace. He can’t muster the pathos and empathy that the depths of grief call for.

He doesn’t have it in him to be compassionate.

He doesn’t have it him to show, God forbid, an ounce of humility.

He doesn’t have it him to carry himself with the dignity and tact the presidency requires.

And so the MSM continues to propagandize rather than simply report the news. Make no mistake. Anti-Trump propaganda is anti-white propaganda. It’s aimed at every white person in the world. Until we have our own ethnostate, free from diversity, we’ll have to listen to this kind of nonsense every day for the rest of our lives.

I’m tired of it.

Revolution NOW.

Snopes in Danger of Shutting Down–Begs for $$$

Fact checking website Snopes.com is one of the most popular sites on the Internet. Recently, it’s become embroiled in scandal relating to sex and the misuse of funds, are reported on saboteur365 last December 22.

There are legal claims that were asserted this year that there’s more scamming going on in relation to Snopes. The response by Snopes has been to start a fund raising campaign. The Gofundme appeal has already raised $281,000 toward a half million dollar goal.

First, the Snopes fund raising appeal, then the story about the lawsuit relating to ownership and control of Snopes and misuse of funds by the Jewish owner.

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SNOPES.COM COMMUNITY: WE NEED YOUR HELP
Snopes.com in Danger of Shuttering

Dear Readers,

Snopes.com, which began as a small one-person effort in 1994 and has since become one of the Internet’s oldest and most popular fact-checking sites, is in danger of closing its doors. So, for the first time in our history, we are turning to you, our readership, for help.

Since our inception, we have always been a self-sustaining site that provides a free service to the online world: we’ve had no sponsors, no outside investors or funding, and no source of revenue other than that provided by online advertising. Unfortunately, we have been cut off from our historic source of advertising income.

We had previously contracted with an outside vendor to provide certain services for Snopes.com. That contractual relationship ended earlier this year, but the vendor will not acknowledge the change in contractual status and continues to essentially hold the Snopes.com web site hostage. Although we maintain editorial control (for now), the vendor will not relinquish the site’s hosting to our control, so we cannot modify the site, develop it, or — most crucially — place advertising on it. The vendor continues to insert their own ads and has been withholding the advertising revenue from us.

Our legal team is fighting hard for us, but, having been cut off from all revenue, we are facing the prospect of having no financial means to continue operating the site and paying our staff (not to mention covering our legal fees) in the meanwhile.

As misinformation has increasingly threatened democracies around the world (including our own), Snopes.com has stood in the forefront of fighting for truth and dispelling misinformation online. It is vital that these efforts continue, so we are asking the Snopes.com community to donate what they can. (Our suggested donation is $10, but if you can give more please consider doing so — every little bit helps.)

We need our community now more than ever, as it is only through your support that Snopes.com can remain the community and resource we all know and love.

Sincerely yours,

Team Snopes.

Excerpt from Courthouse News

A lawsuit filed in California last week claims the fact-check news site Snopes.com has been caught up in its own concealment scheme, in an ownership spat that has left the site’s personnel matters in limbo.

Internet media management company Proper Media sued Bardav Inc. and its owner David Mikkelson over the “unlawful jockeying for ownership and control of the fact-checking website Snopes.com,” which gained a national profile during the presidential election last year and “recently entered into a high-profile agreement with Facebook to integrate fact-checking services into its social media platform,” according to the 16-page lawsuit filed in San Diego Superior Court on May 4.

Mikkelson and his ex-wife Barbara founded Bardav – which owns the Snopes website – in 2003, and each owned a 50 percent shared in the company. When the two divorced, Barbara Mikkelson sold her share to Proper Media last July.

While Proper Media was already managing a significant amount of the operation of Snopes including all content and advertising accounts prior to acquiring shares in the company, the company says in its complaint that when its individual shareholders, including Vincent Green, gained a stake in Snopes a scam was launched to take over the website – one of the 1,000 most popular in the United States.

But Proper Media says in its complaint that Mikkelson “was unhappy that Barbara maintained ownership of half of what he always considered to be his company after the divorce.”

Thus, Proper Media says, Green and Mikkelson conspired to gain majority control of Bardav and Snopes.com. Mikkelson and Green blocked its access to “personnel, accounts, tools and data necessary to manage Snopes,” according to the lawsuit.

“Mikkelson, in conjunction with Green, intentionally did block Proper Media’s access to personnel, accounts, tools and data to take over Snopes and to prevent Proper Media from performing under the general services agreement,” Proper Media says in its lawsuit.

The company also accuses Mikkelson of misusing Bardav funds and says he was improperly reimbursed for legal fees related to his divorce and travel expenses from when he went on a honeymoon to Asia late last year with his new bride – Snopes employee Elyssa Young.

DAVID MIKKELSON AND BRIDE ELYSSA YOUNG.

Meanwhile, Green removed $10,000 worth of computer equipment used by three Proper Media employees before sending his resignation to Proper Media from a Snopes email account, according to Proper Media’s lawsuit. The company also accuses him of blocking its founders – plaintiffs Christopher Richmond and Drew Schoentrup – from accessing Snopes’ content-management system.

Additionally, Proper Media says Green removed Snopes-related data from its online communication tools including Slack and Asana. The company says Green admitted he did not complete work for Proper Media from the start of the alleged conspiracy in January up until his resignation April 3, even though the company paid him and contributed to his health insurance premiums, according to the lawsuit.

Proper Media is still responsible for operating the content-management system for Snopes, though access to the system remains blocked for Proper Media employees, the lawsuit says.

Shut it down. It’s fake news.