Indian American Pentagon official sues CNN for $50mn



An Indian American Pentagon official has filed a complaint against CNN and many of its top reporters for allegedly publishing a series of “false and defamatory statements”.

Kash Patel, the highest-ranking Indian-American in the Pentagon, currently the Chief of Staff to Acting US Defense Secretary Christopher Miller, has filed a $50 million lawsuit against the news company in a Virginia court on Friday, according to Fox News.

In his lawsuit, Patel, claims that CNN had published a series of articles between November 24 and December 4 that “contain a series of false and defamatory statements”  and “unfounded left-wing political narratives” about him.

The reporters who Patel mentioned in the lawsuit were Barbara Starr, Zachary Cohen, Ryan Browne, Alex Marquardt and Nicole Gaouette as defendants, in addition to the network itself.

The CNN articles described Patel, who was previously a top aide to Republican Representative from California, Devin Nunes, as a pro-Trump conspiracy theorist, the report said.

Patel’s attorney Steven S Biss said, “publication of the defamatory statements is part of a general pattern of retaliation and discrimination against Kash… a larger conspiracy was undertaken between 2018 and the present to discredit Kash through the publication of false statements and the promotion of unfounded left-wing political narratives.”

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 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.