While conservative Twitter is celebrating the release of the “Twitter Files,” New York Post journalist Miranda Devine — who, from the beginning, has been all over the Hunter Biden laptop story — says users are still not getting the full story, claiming Elon Musk has only “half-delivered on his promise to tell all about Twitter’s censorship of The New York Post’s Hunter Biden laptop story before the 2020 election.”
Substack journalist Matt Taibbi delivered the much-anticipated Twitter Files via a lengthy thread on Friday, in which he stated, “Although several sources recalled hearing about a ‘general’ warning from federal law enforcement that summer about possible foreign hacks, there’s no evidence — that I’ve seen — of any government involvement in the laptop story.”
22. Although several sources recalled hearing about a “general” warning from federal law enforcement that summer about possible foreign hacks, there’s no evidence – that I’ve seen – of any government involvement in the laptop story. In fact, that might have been the problem…
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) December 3, 2022
“What was missing were details of specific warnings we know the FBI made to Twitter about a Russian ‘hack and leak operation’ involving Hunter during their weekly meetings with top executives of the social media giant in the days and weeks before The Post published its exclusive bombshell,” Devine writes for The Post.
We know that FBI Supervisory Special Agent Elvis Chan testified Tuesday in a lawsuit against the Biden administration brought by Republican attorneys that he organized those weekly meetings with Twitter and Facebook in San Francisco for as many as seven Washington-based FBI agents in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election.
Twitter’s then-head of Site Integrity Yoel Roth has stated in a sworn declaration that he was told during those meetings to expect “hack-and-leak operations” by state actors involving Hunter Biden.
On Twitter, Devine cited a November 2 article she wrote for The Post, explaining “How the government hid the truth behind Hunter Biden’s laptop“:
A perfect example of how the censorship regime works is the Hunter Biden laptop.
Two FBI agents — Elvis Chan and Laura Dehmlow — have been identified in documents uncovered by the Missouri lawsuit as pressuring Facebook to suppress The Post’s accurate and factual reporting.
We know the FBI at the time was spying on Rudy Giuliani’s online cloud with a covert surveillance warrant. Therefore, it had access to his emails in August 2020 from computer store whistleblower John Paul Mac Isaac and to my text messages discussing when The Post would publish the story. It sure looks as if the FBI deliberately pre-censored a legitimate story for a political aim.
Re @elonmusk #TwitterFiles – FBI spying on Rudy Giuliani’s cloud in 2020 with a covert surveillance warrant. Had access to his emails from John Paul Mac Isaac and me. FBI had #LaptopFomHell and knew it was real. Looks like pre-censoring a legit story https://t.co/HZmSPiRR8d pic.twitter.com/rlnTeK2a7T
— Miranda Devine (@mirandadevine) December 3, 2022
Clearly, the FBI knew full well from the outset that the laptop was real, the information on it was valid, and they did their best to kill the story.
Meanwhile, Human Events Senior Editor Jack Posobiec, receipts in hand, revealed that, in 2021, “Twitter disclosed to the FEC [Federal Election Commission] they were warned of ‘a hack and leak operation involving Hunter Biden’ by federal law enforcement that led them to censor the NY Post story.”
The disclosure was signed by Twitter’s former head of Site Integrity, Yoel Roth.
Far from a “general warning,” it appears federal law enforcement was actively throwing its weight around and intentionally attempting to intimidate anyone who tried to report the truth on a subject that could have resulted in a different outcome in the 2020 presidential elections.
When asked on Twitter, “What possible reason could they have given to have an ongoing surveillance warrant on Giuliani?” Devine replied, “The process is the punishment.”
Alleged FARA violations. Case dropped a year later and all devices returned. *The process is the punishment* https://t.co/sv1iF7nm7I
— Miranda Devine (@mirandadevine) December 3, 2022
According to Posobiec, the censorship of the laptop story by the FBI “was an intelligence operation.”
It was an intelligence operation
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) December 3, 2022
While many have long suspected that the FBI has been weaponized against law-abiding citizens, it is a sobering — even frightening –thing to have the proof staring you in the face, and the implications are bone-chilling.
“They never thought anyone would know,” one user on Twitter stated. “It was an insurrection within our own government.”
They never thought anyone would know. It was an insurrection within our own government
— D a v e (@davevboy) December 3, 2022
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