The Netherlands beat Spain, according to CBS

The broadcaster's website claims the Netherlands won the World Cup final last night.

The website of American broadcaster CBS has a story (now updated but see screengrab below) that claims the Netherlands defeated Spain in last night's World Cup final.

The report, which was obviously written before Spain scored the only goal of the match in the 25th minute of extra time, claims that "the Netherlands defeated Spain by a score of SCORE to SCORE to win its first World Cup title."

 

CBS online coverage of the World Cup final

 

It went on to say that "even with Spain dominating possession, it was the Netherlands that had the best chance to score" and concluded with the fact that "the Netherlands' streak without a title only stood at 22 years."

This is not the first time the American media has produced strange coverage of the World Cup: the New York Post amazed many by declaring that the USA "won 1-1" after their group stage clash with England, and after the US team's exit, the same paper declared "this sport is stupid anyway."

You can still see the full archive of the New Statesman's coverage of this World Cup here.

UPDATE: CBS have now updated the story to read "Spain wins World Cup 1-0". But you can still enjoy their error via the screenshot above.

Caroline Crampton is assistant editor of the New Statesman. She writes a weekly podcast column.

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The US intelligence leaks on the Manchester attack are part of a disturbing pattern

Even the United States' strongest allies cannot rely on this president or his administration to keep their secrets.

A special relationship, indeed. British intelligence services will stop sharing information with their American counterparts about the Manchester bombing after leaks persisted even after public rebukes from Amber Rudd (who called the leaks "irritating") and Michael Fallon (who branded them "disappointing").

In what must be a diplomatic first, Britain isn't even the first of the United States' allies to review its intelligence sharing protocols this week. The Israeli government have also "reviewed" their approach to intelligence sharing with Washington after Donald Trump first blabbed information about Isis to the Russian ambassador from a "close ally" of the United States and then told reporters, unprompted, that he had "never mentioned Israel" in the conversation.

Whether the Manchester leaks emanate from political officials appointed by Trump - many of whom tend to be, if you're feeling generous, cranks of the highest order - or discontent with Trump has caused a breakdown in discipline further down the chain, what's clear is that something is very rotten in the Trump administration.

Elsewhere, a transcript of Trump's call to the Philippine strongman Rodrigo Duterte in which the American president revealed that two nuclear submarines had been deployed off the coast of North Korea, has been widely leaked to the American press

It's all part of a clear and disturbing pattern, that even the United States' strongest allies in Tel Aviv and London cannot rely on this president or his administration to keep their secrets.

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. His daily briefing, Morning Call, provides a quick and essential guide to British politics.

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