Journalist who broke Hunter Biden laptop story drops truth bombs on House floor, ends with ominous warning

The journalist who broke the Hunter Biden laptop story for the New York Post three years ago testified before Congress on Thursday about the “elaborate censorship conspiracy” she was subjected to following the publication of her since-confirmed story.

Journalist Emma-Jo Morris, who now works at Breitbart, specifically testified before the House Weaponization Committee.

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Her opening statement began with her describing her Hunter Biden laptop story as “some of the most scandalous reporting of the last decade.”

However, she continued, even more scandalous still was “the unholy alliance between the Intelligence Community, social media platforms, and legacy media outlets” that worked together to censor her work.

And this is despite everything about the story being on the up and up.

“The Post published exactly how the material for the reporting was obtained, even identifying the sources, as well as a federal subpoena showing the FBI was in possession of the material the story was based on, and had been since December of 2019,” Morris noted in her opening statement.

But before the correctly sourced and verified story could go viral, all major platforms began censoring it on the basis that it was “Russian disinformation.”

“Twitter refused to allow users to share the link to the stories, banned the links from being shared in private messages — a policy typically used to clamp down on child porn distribution — and locked the Post out of its verified account. Facebook said it would curb distribution and reach of the links on its platform,” Morris said Thursday.

Continuing her statement, Morris pointed out that the “Russian disinformation” lie originated with a Politico story published on Oct. 19th, 2020.

“On October 19, five days after the Post first began publishing, Politico ran a story headlined, ‘Hunter Biden story is Russian disinfo, dozens of former intel officials say.’ Politico printed a letter, completely uncritically, from veteran members of U.S. intelligence falsely claiming the Post exposé “has all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation,” she said.

“Most notable among the signatories of the letter were Jim Clapper, former DNI, and John Brennan, former CIA — despite having such damaged credibility following their participation in the Russia Collusion conspiracy theory,” she added.

FYI, Politico’s post remains up to this day — and without any editorial notes. Nor have any of the signatories of the letter apologized for their error in judgment.

But it gets worse.

Returning to the present, Morris noted that it was just months ago that House investigators learned “it was a call by now-Secretary of State Antony Blinken to Former Acting CIA Director Michael Morell that prompted the spy letter published by Politico, which bypassed agency approval processes that would have been normally applied.”

“It is also now known that ahead of my reporting, federal agencies were priming social media companies to execute an operation to discredit it,” she said.

The latter revelation came from “The Twitter Files,” which showed that the FBI and other intelligence members had worked with Twitter’s top management to direct the censorship of Morris’ Hunter Biden laptop story.

“Journalist Michael Shellenberger reported, based on documents he obtained from Musk, that ‘during all of 2020, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies repeatedly primed’ Twitter executives ‘to dismiss reports of Hunter Biden’s laptop as a Russian ‘hack and leak’ operation.’ Feds arranged for Top Secret security clearances to be granted to Twitter management, and even had an encrypted messaging network set up, which they dubbed a “virtual war room,” according to her.

After summing up everything that’s occurred thus far, Morris finally reached her devastating conclusion.

“To this day, hundreds of people from the intelligence community work at social media companies. Over the last few years, my reporting has been confirmed by virtually every mainstream news outlet, from The Washington Post to The New York Times, to Politico. No one denies that the laptop is real, that the origin story is exactly what I told you it was in the first place,” she said.

“This elaborate censorship conspiracy wasn’t because the information being reported on was false. It was because the information was true, and a threat to the power centers in this country,” she added.

“What this relationship between U.S. government officials and American corporations represents is an unprecedented push to undermine the First Amendment — the right to think, write, read, and say whatever we want — and how we respond will determine whether we see a free press as inalienable, or as optional,” she concluded.

Vivek Saxena

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