BuzzFeed editor who published Steele dossier hired by New York Times

The BuzzFeed editor who published unverified and salacious allegations about President Trump’s relations with Russians is moving to the New York Times.

Ben Smith released a statement on Tuesday confirming he is leaving BuzzFeed in March, after which the 44-year-old will become a media columnist at the New York Times. His statement mentions Trump and Russia but does not discuss the dossier.

Smith, who joined BuzzFeed in late 2011 after writing for Politico, stirred controversy with the January 2017 decision to publish British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s dossier, a 35-page collection of reports about Trump’s ties to Russia, including allegations that the Russians had a video of
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