Project Veritas, the conservative muckraking organization, sent out a fundraising email Monday afternoon admitting that it engaged in an "undercover" operation against the Washington Post. The group's head, James O'Keefe, claimed that while their cover was blown by a Post story that afternoon, saying "we already got our story" and would publish it soon.
"This morning as I walked to Project Veritas’ office, I was ambushed by reporters and a camera crew from The Washington Post. What were they after? Following months of undercover work within The Washington Post, our investigative journalist embedded within the publication had their cover blown," O'Keefe said in an email to supporters. He then asked supporters to donate "so our team can launch our latest series exposing another so-called pillar of the Establishment Media."
In a report Monday, the Post reported that it had been contacted last week by a woman claiming to have been impregnated by Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore when she was 15 years old. The Post grew suspicious of her story when certain background details didn't check out and the woman repeatedly attempted to get Post reporters to say that her story would guarantee that Moore to lose the election.
The Post later observed the woman entering Project Veritas' headquarters in Mamaroneck, New York. O'Keefe subsequently refused to answer the newspaper's questions.
In Monday's email, however, O'Keefe conceded that the woman was working for his organization and implied that there had been other attempts targeting the venerable newspaper. "They're worried we have a story on them. We do," according to a video posted on their website.
It was the Post that on Nov. 9 initially reported that Moore, a conservative former state supreme court judge, had once had a physical relationship with a 14-year-old woman when he was 32. The headlines rocked the already controversial candidate's bid. Moore has denied that and similar subsequent reports of sexual impropriety.