Just my two cents - but it's probably being initiated by person or persons who are competitors, enemies or both. Either way, they are very unethical and under-handed to hide behind agencies and writers of second class "news" sources.
I agree. I might be overstepping my diatribe here, but it all reeks of the corrupt practices so pervasive in third world countries. I think the difference between those countries and ours is that those more primitive nations are open about their corruption. We pretend to be righteous yet so many among us pull the same shenanigans. I hope the perpetrators receive the karma they deserve.