The Washington Post reports it appears to have been targeted for an undercover sting operation by a right-wing organization seeking to discredit The Washington Post’s reporting on multiple allegations of sexual assault and harassment by Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. Moore has been accused of sexually harassing or assaulting at least nine women when they were children or young adults.
The Post reports that a separate woman approached the newspaper with a dramatic but invented story about Roy Moore impregnating her as a teenager. The Post says it conducted a series of interviews with the woman, in which the reporters found inconsistencies in her story. Then, on Monday, the reporters saw her walk into the New York headquarters of Project Veritas, a right-wing group that often sets up sting operations targeting the media and journalists by recording covert videos. Project Veritas’s founder, James O’Keefe, refused to answer the Post’s questions about whether he was working with Roy Moore’s campaign or other Republican strategists in order to discredit media reporting on Roy Moore.
On Monday, Moore spoke publicly for the first time in nearly two weeks, once again claiming he didn’t know any of the women who have accused him. Meanwhile, one of Moore’s campaign coordinators physically attacked a cameraman outside a campaign rally in Henagar, Alabama, on Monday night before Moore arrived.