It sounds like Hollywood movie about politics: a pro-embargo Cuban-American senator is smeared and a conservative news outlet runs the story, but the source does not seem to be a real person. Now, the media is still scrambling to find out what really happened.
Back 2012, Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey was accused of paying underage prostitutes amid another U.S. Justice Department investigation. But the prostitutes recanted, the original source did not hold up and the story died down.
Now, the Washington Post has reported that the CIA can link the plot to Cuba, but has not named sources either.
NPR’s David Folkenflik joins Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti to discuss how this strange story has unfolded in the media, and its validity.
This segment aired on July 11, 2014.