Journalist Describes How Fusion GPS Smeared Him as a ‘Pedophile,’ ‘Extortionist’ and ‘Drug Trafficker’

Journalist Describes How Fusion GPS Smeared Him as a ‘Pedophile,’ ‘Extortionist’ and ‘Drug Trafficker’, by Debra Heine.

The shady, liberal opposition research firm behind the discredited anti-Trump dossier uses smear tactics and intimidation to discredit people who go against its clients, a London-based Venezuelan journalist told Fox News Thursday.

In congressional testimony as well, Alek Boyd said Fusion GPS labeled him a “pedophile,” “extortionist” and “drug trafficker” after he criticized Derwick Associates, one of its clients. …

Derwick Associates allegedly sold faulty electric plants in Venezuela, and skimmed nearly a billion dollars from corrupt contracts with the late Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez.

“It is my understanding that [Fusion GPS] were hired basically to smear Derwick opponents and to dispel any possible doubts that regular media may have had at the time,” he told Fox News. …

“Imagine waking up one day and seeing a headline in a fringe website that says that I’m a neocon scam artist and then you read the actual article and it says that I — there in some Facebook posts and Twitter posts that they put out — it says falsely says that I sleep with children, it says that I’m a heroin addict, it says that I’ve been to rehab, it says that I’m an embezzler,” Halvorssen told Fox news’ Tucker Carlson last summer. …

Boyd said Fusion smeared him on the web, labeling him “a pedophile, drug addict and thief.” “They published this information through a number of social media and websites anonymously. They created fake Twitter accounts with my name, impersonating myself. … They started publishing photos of me walking around London with my daughters. They produced a huge amount of information — fake information — about me, accusing me from being a pedophile to being an extortionist to a drug trafficker to a car thief.”

How it works nowadays. Something similar, though much less severe, happened to me when it was rumored in 2014 that I might get a job with the Abbott government. A fringe website in Canberra published an article attacking me — in which it made up all sorts of nonsense, completely without foundation. When I contacted them, they caved and published a comprehensive apology.