CBS News fired the employee who reportedly had access to the hot microphone of Amy Robach, who expressed her frustration about ABC's refusal to reveal a Jeffrey Epstein who contained an interview with his former sex slave Virginia Roberts.
Yashar Ali reported Wednesday that ABC had identified the person who watched the video, and noted that the person was no longer a member of the network.
ABC managers then decided to inform their colleagues at CBS that the person responsible for the leak was now working for their news department, Ali said.
Ali then reported on Thursday morning that CBS News had fired the employee.
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Leaked: CBS News fired an employee after being informed of her role in the recent leak of Amy Robach & # 39; s hot mic interview reports Yashar Ali (Robach and husband Andrew Shue above on Wednesday)
Friends: Robach's audio in conversation with her producer was recorded in August, two months after ABC News President James Goldston (left) dined with Prince Charles (second right)
However, the unnamed employee has not been accused of leaking the video directly to Project Veritas.
However, it was the video that this person visited that became the Project Veritas clip, which produced 2.3 million views in just 48 hours, making it the most viewed clip on their YouTube page.
ABC News responded to the leak by saying: & # 39; We take corporate policy violations very seriously and we look for all possible ways to determine the cause of the leak. & # 39;
CBS News did not respond to a request for comment.
Since the video first appeared on Tuesday, there has been a lot of recoil against ABC, with many people pointing out that none of the network's & # 39; s news program has mentioned the story.
The hot microphone video was also recorded just two months after ABC News President James Goldston was depicted as dining with Prince Charles and President Trump at Winfield House during the state visit to London in June.
The then Prime Minister Theresa May and Sarah Huckabee Sanders also sat at the same table as the three men.
Robach is visibly frustrated in the video because she says she filmed the interview with Roberts years before the arrest of Epstein.
& # 39; I have had the story for three years. I had this interview with Virginia Roberts. We would not broadcast it, & Robach says at the start of the video.
& # 39; First of all I was told: "Who is Jeffrey Epstein? Nobody knows who that is, this is a stupid story."
There were also legal issues that she discloses and concerns about possible kickbacks.
& # 39; Then the palace learned that we had all the allegations about Prince Andrew and threatened to sue us for a million different ways & # 39 ;, Robach explains.
& # 39; We were so scared that we would not be able to interview Kate and Will, so I think that also had destroyed the story. & # 39;
Grab: ABC investigated the possible cause of the leak after Project Veritas posted the video on Wednesday and discovered that an ex-employee had watched the tape
Roberts himself also responded to the video on Tuesday and tweeted: & # 39; It is amazing that we could have ended the abuse of Epstein years ago, but I did not believe it. I'm sick of BS media "scrambling around" for more evidence. It is available in black and white. If this were a murder case, you would have all the necessary evidence. & # 39;
She did, however, praise Robach for her work.
Robach also issued a statement on Tuesday.
& # 39; As a journalist, when the Epstein story continued to unfold last summer, I was caught in a private moment of frustration. I was upset that an important interview I had conducted with Virginia Roberts was not broadcast because we could not obtain sufficient confirmatory evidence to meet ABC & # 39; s editorial standards about her allegations & # 39 ;, Robach said in a statement after the release of the video.
& # 39; My comments about Prince Andrew and her claim that she had seen Bill Clinton on the private island of Epstein related to what Virginia Roberts said in that 2015 interview. I referred to her allegations – not what ABC News had verified by our reporting. & # 39;
She added: & # 39; The interview itself, although I was disappointed that it was not broadcast, did not meet our standards. In the years since, no one has ever told me or the team to stop reporting about Jeffrey Epstein, and we have continued to follow this important story aggressively. & # 39;
The Duke of York has Roberts & # 39; allegations, which were removed from the list in 2015 by a court judge as & # 39; intangible and impudent & # 39 ;, strongly denied.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson told DailyMail.com that this is a matter for ABC.
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