The claim of exclusivity by Bing and Schectman was made both in the 2016 story and a story on Wednesday about three mercenaries, who had worked for the UAE Government, making a deal with the US Department of Justice to avoid going to jail.
The Reuters claim to have first reported the mercenary tale, made in Wednesday's report.
At no stage, was any mention made of the fact that McLaughlin had laid out a similar story nearly three years before Bing and Schectman even got on the starting blocks.
She also pointed to a link for a story on the same topic, which she had written for Foreign Policy in 2017.
But veteran security reporter Ryan Naraine was more blunt, tweeting: "Shoutout to @JennaMC_Laugh for pwning this story way back in 2016 and 2017, long before the Reuters exclusive investigation."
And ahead of him, another Twitter user, who has the handle KymPossible, wrote: "I read these articles when @JennaMC_Laugh originally published them & find myself extremely irritated that Reuters now acts like they’re the first to report & don’t mention her earlier work despite some of it being FOR REUTERS. Women’s contributions are erased too damn often."
Well known infosec veteran Charlie Miller responded by tweeting, "Yea I thought I was going crazy."
This is the correct take ? https://t.co/dyIlG01HCp— Ryan Naraine (@ryanaraine) September 15, 2021