James O'Keefe Says He Will Release Tapes "Exposing CNN"

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The author and "guerrilla journalist" teased a series of recordings with #CNNLeaks.

Author and undercover journalist James O'Keefe has teased the release of recordings "exposing CNN."

The president of Project Veritas, an investigative organization, tweeted Wednesday a photo of himself editing video, along with the caption "Tomorrow. #CNNLeaks." The website seen in the background of his photo leads to a Project Veritas site that simply says "CNNLeaks is coming soon…"

"We will be releasing a new video exposing CNN soon," reads the website. 

CNN reported later in the day that during a phone interview with the journalist, O'Keefe said that he has hundreds of hours of "secretly recorded material" from inside the network that he is calling "CNN Leaks," inspired by WikiLeaks. 

Citing President Donald Trump's recent accusations of CNN being "fake news," O'Keefe told the network that it was a target of his because "my audience, the American people, are deeply upset at the media. ... We think our media needs to be held to account, and CNN is kind of the leader of that."

O'Keefe told CNN that he would drop the first recordings on Thursday morning, promising that it was "all legally recorded information." 

The journalist has a history of using questionable tactics to secure recordings or otherwise trap subjects of his investigations. 

In 2014, the conservative-leaning undercover journalist released a series of videos that aimed to portray Hollywood environmentalists, including Susan Sarandon, as hypocrites.

O'Keefe's evidence included selectively edited video clips of a prominent industry figure who was surreptitiously recorded by the journalist's accomplices. The goal was to show that environmentally minded celebrities would take financing for an anti-fracking film, even knowing that the money came from questionable sources. 

Filmmakers who were targets of the sting operation filed a criminal complaint with police and asked the FBI to determine whether federal laws were broken when the journalist surreptitiously recorded phone calls and a lunch meeting.