He reporter behind the Associated Press (AP) a story that cited a “senior U.S. intelligence official” who claimed Russia was responsible for missiles launched into Poland that killed two civilians has reportedly been fired.
The original article, published Nov. 15 was authored by LaPorta and John Leicester, said that a “senior U.S. intelligence official said that Russian missiles crossed into Poland and killed two people.”
U.S., NATO, and Polish officials disagreed with this claim, saying the missile strike appeared unintentional and was most likely launched by air defenses in Ukraine.
Polish President Andrzej Duda told the Associated Press that “it is highly probable that one of these missiles, unfortunately, fell on Polish territory.”
“There is nothing, absolutely nothing, to suggest that it was an intentional attack on Poland,” concluded.
On Wednesday, the AP retracted the erroneous claim and issued a correction that “the missiles were Russian-made and most likely fired by Ukraine in defense against a Russian attack.” In order to best corroborate information, AP says it “routinely seeks and requires more than one source when sourcing is anonymous.”
The statement however, did not directly reference LaPorta’s dismissal.