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Someone sent The Rachel Maddow Show a top secret NSA document. Except, it was fake.
On her show last night, Maddow used the experience as a cautionary tale to other TV news shows and journalists. “This is one of the few times we’ve ever had a scoop on the show where I feel like I need to send up this flare for other news organizations,” she said.
Maddow then explained the show has a website where anyone can tip them off.
“A few weeks ago we got a new document through that channel. And at first glance it was just unbelievably red hot,” she explained. “We believe now that the real story we have stumbled upon here is that somebody out there is shopping carefully forged documents to try to discredit news organizations reporting on the Russian attack on our election.” WATCH: