CNN admitted on Friday that it had got its exclusive story on Donald Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr. wrong.
The report claimed that the Trumps had received an email which gave them a web address and decryption key on September 4, 2016 before the Wikileaks made the documents public.
In now appears the emails were actually sent on September 14, 2016, a day after the documents were made public.
The story was first published on CNN by senior congressional correspondent Manu Raju and politics reporter Jeremy Herb.
“CNN’s initial reporting of the date on an email sent to members of the Trump campaign about Wikileaks documents, which was confirmed by two sources to CNN, was incorrect,” CNN said in a statement.
“We have updated our story to include the correct date, and present the proper context for the timing of email.”
In its updated story, CNN acknowledged, “The new information indicates that the communication is less significant than CNN initially reported.”
A CNN spokesperson claimed no disciplinary action would be taken as all procedures including review and approval had been followed.
The mistake was revealed when The Washington Post obtained a copy of the email which revealed the correct date the email was sent.