The New York Times fell for a fake Twitter account that claimed to belong to Mike Flynn, the former White House national security adviser who resigned Monday amid intense scrutiny.
The Times reported Tuesday night on Flynn's resignation, which came after reports that claimed the White House was made aware the Russian government may have information that could be used to blackmail him.
The report included Twitter messages from an account called @GenMikeFlynn, though it was not created by the real Flynn. The Times updated its report with a correction after the mistake was noticed.
"[B]ecause of an editing error, an earlier version quoted three posts from an unverified Twitter account purporting to be Mr. Flynn's, responding to the resignation," the correction said.
The tweets from the fake account were related to Flynn's investigation.
"While I accept full responsibility for my actions, I feel it is unfair that I have been made the sole scapegoat for what happened," one tweet said.
A follow-up said, "But if a scapegoat is what's needed for this Administration to continue to take this great nation forward, I am proud to do my duty."
In his resignation letter, Flynn admitted that during the White House transition period, he "inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador."
It is suspected that Flynn discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia, though he had previously denied that allegation.