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Indian-American Pentagon official Kash Patel files $50 million lawsuit against CNN for defamation


Indian-American Kash Patel, the Chief of Staff to Acting US Defence Secretary Christopher Miller, has filed a $50 million lawsuit against CNN and several of its top reporters for allegedly defaming him by publishing a series of “false and defamatory statements”.
Indian-American Kash Patel, the Chief of Staff to Acting US Defence Secretary Christopher Miller, has filed a $50 million lawsuit against CNN and several of its top reporters for allegedly defaming him by publishing a series of “false and defamatory statements”.
Kash Patel, the highest-ranking Indian-American in the Pentagon, filed the lawsuit in a Virginia court against CNN and several CNN reporters on Friday, according to media reports.
Patel, in his lawsuit, has alleged that CNN between November 24 and December 4 published a series of articles that “contain a series of false and defamatory statements” about him, the complaint reported by Fox News mentioned.
The CNN articles described Patel, who previously served in the White House before being moved to the Pentagon, as a pro-Trump conspiracy theorist, the report said.
“..publication of the defamatory statements is part of a general pattern of retaliation and discrimination against Kash a larger conspiracy undertaken between 2018 and the present to discredit Kash through the publication of false statements and the promotion of unfounded left-wing political narratives,” news agency PTI quoted his attorney Steven S Biss as saying.
Patel “uncovered many inconvenient facts undermining the fake political narrative about collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russians when he was counsel for Nunes, then-chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence,” Biss said.
CNN, however, did not immediately respond to a request for comment, Fox News said.
New York-born Patel has his roots in Gujarat. His parents are from East Africa – mother from Tanzania and father from Uganda. They came to the US from Canada in 1970.

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