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'Fake news' dossier was spread by US spies: Trump

By Andrew Woodcock

US President-elect Donald Trump has suggested American intelligence agencies may be responsible for releasing a dossier containing allegations that Russia holds compromising information about him.

During a Press conference in New York, the billionaire tycoon branded the unverified dossier "fake news" and said it would be a "tremendous blot" on the agencies' reputations if they were shown to have leaked it.

He clashed with a correspondent from TV news channel CNN, which thrust the document into the heart of political debate by reporting on Tuesday that intelligence officers had briefed both Mr Trump and President Barack Obama on its contents.

Repeatedly refusing to take a question from the CNN reporter, he branded the channel "fake news" and lambasted news website Buzzfeed as "a failing pile of garbage".

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