Musk informs Dorsey ‘important’ data was ‘hidden’ or ‘deleted’ as former CEO urges files go ‘public now’

Twitter CEO Elon Musk’s predecessor Jack Dorsey advised the new owner of the social media platform on Wednesday that he should “make everything public,” prompting Musk to tell him that some “important” Twitter files were “hidden” from him or possibly “deleted.”

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The discussion comes after Musk fired Twitter’s Deputy General Counsel Jim Baker on Tuesday following his finding out that Baker had vetted the first installment of the “Twitter Files” without his knowledge before they were shared with Substack journalist Matt Taibbi who took them public.

Baker formerly served as the FBI’s general counsel during the Russian collusion investigation. His handling of the files in connection to the squelching of the Hunter Biden laptop story set the social media platform on fire.

Dorsey stepped down as Twitter CEO in 2021 and left the company’s board of directors in May. He is calling for full transparency via the “Twitter Files.”

“If the goal is transparency to build trust, why not just release everything without filter and let people judge for themselves? Including all discussions around current and future actions? Make everything public now. #TwitterFiles,” Dorsey wrote.

“Most important data was hidden (from you too) and some may have been deleted, but everything we find will be released,” Musk responded.

It is unknown at this point if Baker was directly involved in tampering with the “Twitter Files,” according to Fox News. But it’s a good bet that it will come out.

When Musk terminated Baker, he said it was “in light of concerns about Baker’s possible role in suppression of information important to the public dialogue.”

When the “Chief Twit” was asked by a user if Baker had an explanation, Musk replied, “His explanation was …unconvincing.”

Just a few minutes after that, Taibbi began a Twitter thread called a “Twitter Files Supplemental.”

“On Friday, the first installment of the Twitter files was published here. We expected to publish more over the weekend. Many wondered why there was a delay,” he tweeted. “We can now tell you part of the reason why. On Tuesday, Twitter Deputy General Counsel (and former FBI General Counsel) Jim Baker was fired. Among the reasons? Vetting the first batch of ‘Twitter Files’ – without knowledge of new management.”

“The process for producing the ‘Twitter Files’ involved delivery to two journalists (Bari Weiss and me) via a lawyer close to new management. However, after the initial batch, things became complicated. Over the weekend, while we both dealt with obstacles to new searches, it was @BariWeiss who discovered that the person in charge of releasing the files was someone named Jim. When she called to ask ‘Jim’s’ last name, the answer came back: ‘Jim Baker,’” he explained.

“‘My jaw hit the floor,’ says Weiss,” Taibbi continued. He then shared a screenshot of the first batch of files that both he and Weiss received, which were labeled “Spectra Baker Emails.”

“Baker is a controversial figure. He has been something of a Zelig of FBI controversies dating back to 2016, from the Steele Dossier to the Alfa-Server mess. He resigned in 2018 after an investigation into leaks to the press,” Taibbi tweeted. “The news that Baker was reviewing the ‘Twitter files’ surprised everyone involved, to say the least. New Twitter chief Elon Musk acted quickly to ‘exit’ Baker Tuesday.”

“Reporters resumed searches through Twitter Files material – a lot of it – today. The next installment of ‘The Twitter Files’ will appear @bariweiss. Stay tuned,” he added.

Weiss went on to tweet later, “It’s been quite a weekend.”

Baker was mentioned in the first installment of the “Twitter Files.”

The former counsel told his colleagues, “I support the conclusion that we need more facts to assess whether the materials were hacked” but added that “it’s reasonable for us to assume that they may have been and that caution is warranted.”

In Taibbi’s original reporting, he noted that decisions to censor the New York Post’s reporting “were made at the highest levels of the company, but without the knowledge of CEO Jack Dorsey, with former head of legal, policy and trust Vijaya Gadde playing a key role.”

“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,” he remarked.

It’s unclear if Baker’s involvement had anything to do with that conclusion or whether Baker deleted or omitted files that would have definitively shown that the federal government intervened in the proliferation of the Hunter Biden laptop story.

In response to all this, the leftist media has doubled its attacks against Musk.

NBC News senior reporter Ben Collins has slammed Musk and his handling of Twitter, raising questions about whether he can report impartially on the topic, according to Fox News. It’s becoming ever more apparent that he can’t.

Recent headlines by either Collins directly or a contribution by him show he has an overriding hatred for the Twitter CEO, “There’s an exodus of Twitter executives, including the head of trust and safety, as Musk’s chaotic reign continues,” “Musk fires Twitter engineers after critical posts on Twitter and Slack” and “Should I delete my DMs? What Twitter has on you, and what you can and can’t do about it.”

On Tuesday, Collins ridiculed Musk for declaring he recently found out Twitter hired a former FBI attorney to serve as in-house counsel before he purchased the social media platform.

“The scandal here is that Elon Musk discovered who his company’s deputy general counsel was six weeks after he purchased it,” Collins tweeted.

He also attacked Taibbi when he released the first batch of the “Twitter Files.”

Collins mocked Taibbi for the “humiliating s**t” of doing “PR work for the richest person in the world.” That talking point was echoed throughout the media.

“Looking forward to going through all the tweets complaining about ‘PR for the richest man on earth,’ and seeing how many of them have run stories for anonymous sources at the FBI, CIA, the Pentagon, White House, etc,” Taibbi clapped back.

Collins has issued a bunch of deriding tweets that just go to show how radically partisan NBC News and other media outlets have become:

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