The Associated Press has fired a reporter who broke a now-retracted story that claimed Russian-launched missiles had hit Poland, which would have been a major escalation of the ongoing war in Ukraine.
National security reporter James LaPorta lost his job with the news outlet after it corrected a November 15 article he co-wrote containing inaccurate information about the origin of errant missiles that killed two Polish farmers.
On November 16, the AP said it had “reported erroneously, based on information from a senior American intelligence official who spoke on condition of anonymity, that Russian missiles had crossed into Poland and killed two people. Subsequent reporting showed that the missiles were Russian-made and most likely fired by Ukraine in defense against a Russian attack.”
LaPorta, an investigative reporter focusing