CNN is a known collaborator of US intelligence services. The fact that they can reasonably be accused of stupidity and vacuousness is their crowning achievement considering this fact.
But also beware of Russian (just an example, there are other countries with specific interests out there) intelligence services who will be happy to inform you of this fact, only to spread more lies in the hope that you will believe them by the virtue of contrast.
That’s the state of our world right now. If you really want to know something, you have to be prepared to get the information first-hand.