The latest iteration of the “Twitter Files” revealed that the FBI field office investigating Hunter Biden had sent multiple censorship requests to Twitter in the weeks leading up to the 2020 presidential election. The requests became so frequent that even the company’s top attorney found it “odd.”
This comes after the FBI’s first response to the release of Twitter Files calling it “misinformation” and “conspiracy theory.”
The FBI has “some folks in the Baltimore field office and at HQ that are just doing keyword searches for violations,” Twitter’s former legal executive Stacia Cardille wrote in a Nov. 3, 2020, email to Jim Baker, who was then working as the deputy general counsel for Twitter. “This is probably the 10th request I have dealt with in the last 5 days,” Cardille continued.
Baker, responding to the email noted that it was “odd” that. The agency was “searching for violations of [Twitter] policies.”
Independent journalist Matt Taibbi further revealed that “the FBI acting as doorman to a vast program of social media surveillance and censorship, encompassing agencies across the federal government – from the State Department to the Pentagon to the CIA.”
The details Taibbi shared over the weekend also corroborate with whistleblower reports published by Republican Iowa Senator, Chuck Grassley who had announced previously, “multiple FBI whistleblowers, including those in senior positions,” had claimed that “in August of 2020, FBI supervisory intelligence analyst Brian Auten opened an assessment, which was used by a team of agents at FBI headquarters to improperly discredit and falsely claim that derogatory information about Biden’s activities was disinformation, causing investigative activity and sourcing to be shut down.”
“The FBI headquarters team allegedly placed their assessment findings in a restricted access subfolder, effectively flagging sources and derogatory evidence related to Hunter Biden as disinformation while shielding the justification for such findings from scrutiny,” Sen. Grassley announced.
This weekend’s Christmas drop of the “Twitter Files” reveal disturbing collusion between American federal agencies involved in the investigation of Hunter Biden and big tech where the FBI was actively working with the private company to engage in politically motivated censorship.
Republican Missouri Senator, Josh Hawley spoke with reporters on Capitol Hill on December 20th and called out the FBI noting that the agency had interfered in not just one, but “two separate presidential elections.”
“The idea that the FBI who laundered the Steele dossier back in 2016 through the courts, lied to a FISA [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] court in order to extend their wiretaps that they never should have gotten in the first place. Then in 2020, deliberately suppressed the Hunter Biden story,” Hawley said.
.@HawleyMO: The FBI deliberately interfered not one, but two separate presidential elections… there have got to be repercussions for that.
We're going to have to have a conversation about the future of the FBI and what it's doing in our democracy. pic.twitter.com/I3WOcCC3XN
— Abigail Marone 🇺🇸 (@abigailmarone) December 20, 2022
Senator Hawley is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and is seeking to question Twitter executives and DOJ officials about their involvement in the politically motivated censorship efforts.
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