“Probing & Pushing Everywhere”: New Twitter Releases Confirm the FBI’s Role in Suppressing the Hunter Laptop Story

Below is my column on Fox.com on the most recent release of Twitter files detailing the FBI’s direct involvement in the targeting and censoring of citizens. The most notable aspect is the effort by the FBI to censor references to the Hunter Biden scandal before the 2020 election. Here is the column:

“They are probing & pushing everywhere.” That line sums up an increasingly alarming element in the seventh installment of the so-called “Twitter files.”  “They” were the agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and they were pushing for the censorship of citizens in an array of stories.

Writer Michael Shellenberger added critical details on how the FBI was directly engaged in censorship at the company. However, this batch of documents contains a particularly menacing element to the FBI/Twitter censorship alliance. The documents shows what writer Shellenberger described as a concentrated effort “to discredit leaked information about Hunter Biden before and after it was published.”

Twitter has admitted that it made a mistake in blocking the Hunter laptop story. after roughly two years, even media that pushed the false “Russian disinformation” claims have acknowledged that the laptop is authentic.

Yet, those same networks and newspapers are now imposing a new de facto blackout on covering the details of the Twitter files on the systemic blacklisting, shadow banning, and censorship carried out in conjunction with the government.

The references to the new Hunter Biden evidence were also notable in the dates of these backchannel communications. On October 13, weeks before the election, FBI Special Agent Elvis Chan sent 10 documents to Twitter’s then-Head of “Trust & Safety” Yoel Roth as part of its ongoing efforts. Twitter officials have said the FBI pressure played a role in spiking the laptop story.

It was the next day the New York Post ran its story on the laptop and its incriminating content. The United States government played a key role trying to bury a story damaging to the Democrats before the election.

The Twitter files now substantiate the earlier allegations of “censorship for surrogate” or proxy. While the First Amendment applies to the government, it can also apply to agents of the government. Twitter itself now admits that it acted as an agent in these efforts.

The current media blackout on the Twitter files story only deepens these concerns. For years, media figures have denied Twitter was engaging in censorship, blacklisting, shadow banning and other techniques targeting conservatives. The release of the files has shattered those denials. There is simply no further room for censorship apologists.

In a city that relies on “plausible deniability,” there is no longer a plausible space left in the wake of the releases. All that remains is silence — the simple refusal to acknowledge the government-corporate alliance in this massive censorship system.

To cover the story is to admit that the media also followed the same course as Twitter in hampering any discussion of this influence peddling scandal. Indeed, while the media is now forced to admit that the laptop is authentic, it cannot get itself to address the authentic emails contained in that laptop. Those emails detail millions of dollars in influence peddling by the Biden family. They also detail the knowledge and involvement of Joe Biden despite his repeated denial of any knowledge of the deals.

Those files also raise potential criminal acts that some of us have been writing about for two years. The emails are potentially incriminating on crimes ranging from tax violations to gun violations. In the very least, it is a target rich environment for investigators or prosecutors.

Yet, earlier disclosures showed that key FBI figures tamped down any investigation into the laptop. The latest documents now show the FBI also actively pressured the media to kill the story. That raises deeply troubling questions of the FBI politicalization. After Watergate, the Congress moved aggressively to pursue the use of the bureau by a president for political purposes. There is little call from the media for such an investigation today when the bureau is accused of working for Democratic rather than Republican interests.

The record of such bias extends beyond the Twitter files. In the prior years, FBI agents were found to have shown overt political bias in the handling of FBI investigations. The agency continued to rely on sources like the Steele dossier despite warnings that the Clinton-funded report was likely Russian disinformation. Yet, when it came to Hunter Biden, the FBI reportedly was not interested in aggressively pursuing an investigation while calling on social media companies to censor any discussion of the scandal before the election. It continued to do so despite Twitter executives “repeatedly” indicating there was “very little” Russian activity on the platform.

In January 2020, Twitter’s then director of policy and philanthropy, Carlos Monje Jr., expressed unease on the pressure coming from the FBI and said “They are probing & pushing everywhere they can (including by whispering to congressional staff).”

The question is why the FBI would be “probing & pushing everywhere” despite the fact that the Russian investigation had exposed prior bias related to the 2016 election. That was no deterrent to killing a story viewed as damaging to the Biden campaign.

In the end, the government-corporate alliance failed. Despite the refusal of many in the media to cover the Twitter files, nearly two-thirds of voters believe Twitter shadow-banned users and engaged in political censorship during the 2020 election. Seventy percent of voters want new national laws protecting users from corporate censorship.

It is clear that any such reforms should include a full investigation of the FBI and its involvement in censorship efforts. As many as 80 agents reportedly were committed to this effort. It is clear now that, if we are to end censorship by surrogate, the House will have to “probe and push everywhere” in the FBI for answers.

*The original version of this column linked the ten documents sent by the FBI with the Hunter Biden story. The FBI denies that relationship so that line was altered.

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        1. Anonymous, seeing as how you know, you tell me, how did Obama become so wealthy, so fast. And his scholarship to occidental was never released. Please enlighten us.

  2. People wise up Twitter had 10 FBI , 3 CIA and 1 intel working for them . Facebook had 115 FBI retired agents working for them and God only knows what the rest of big tech has on there pay roll. . Americans are being spied on everywhere all day everyday all for one party , the democrat party .

  3. “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

    – Declaration of Independence, 1776

    “[We gave you] a [restricted-vote] republic, if you can keep it.”

    – Ben Franklin, 1787

    “…to ourselves and our Posterity,…”

    – Preamble, 1789

  4. Every one of those 80 agents and the top 2 levels of management at the FBI should be fired immediately. There conduct is anti American.

  5. Rank and file FBI agents will soon step forward to present evidence of illegal censorship by their agency after witnessing it in silence for years. In a just world, those agents would have come forward immediately after gaining knowledge of this or other forms of in-house corruption.

    1. 95% of the FBI are democrats……they vote for their benefits and pensions………they are not Americans. A simp[le fact…out of 35000 agents less than 20 have blown the whistle to congress. The old image of heroic agents of law and order has been replaced by cowardice, greed and the desire for absolute power.

  6. The Deep State would have its subjects believe there is always a marked difference between persuasion and coercion regardless of the power and all the forceful means one holds over another. The gall it has for having anyone believe its applied pressures are merely intended to convince and not in essence defacto coercion is unmitigated.

    When the Old Twitter’s director of policy and philanthropy, Carlos Monje Jr., expressed unease on the pressure coming from the FBI and said “They are probing & pushing everywhere they can”, he was in the throes of coming to conclude that the Old Twitter will eventually be “convinced” to do what it is told to do.

    The FBI was reasonably assured the Old Twitter would heed the advice of Chuck Schumer and not be “really dumb by taking on the intelligence community” with its six ways from Sunday at getting back at you.”

  7. When the story about Trump’s tax returns broke, I had a bet with myself before I got onto Turley’s blog about what diversionary story he would publish instead of commenting on the big political story du jour–Trump tax scandal. I wondered whether it would it be Twitter or the “Hunter Biden Scandal, or would he claim that Democrats did something bad by insisting on obtaining and disclosing Trump’s tax returns?. Turns out it was both Twitter and the phony “scandal”. Can’t really make the case that there’s anything wrong with Democrats obtaining Trump’s taxes, since Congress has the right, by law, to obtain the returns, and since, it turns out, the IRS “somehow” failed to perform the automatic audit that has been the rule since Nixon. It’s done automatically, to avoid a conflict of interest between the Executive Branch and the IRS. It also turns out that: 1. Trump lied every single time he claimed his returns were “under audit”–they weren’t. Gee, another Trump lie–what a shocker!; 2. somehow, even though the IRS is supposed to automatically audit the returns of every president and vice-president since Nixon, that didn’t happen while Trump was stinking up the Oval Office–hummmm…I wonder why. 3. 4 of 6 years, Trump claimed massive losses. The other 2 years, he had capital gains from sale of a property and a stock sale that he couldn’t hide, so he paid taxes. The returns prove that Trump is obviously NOT the financial guru he claims to be. There are also serious questions about charitable contributions he claims to have made–for instance, he donated property he had tried to sell for years, but couldn’t–did he overvalue it? He claimed other large charitable donations which are questionable.


      Have you refused your fair share of affirmative action yet (and imputed a dollar value to submit commensurate and complete reparations of such to the IRS) or do you still need it?

    2. Who cares? He was under no legal obligation to release his returns. The House had no real reason to seek the returns, except that the democrats wanted to release the returns. So the returns are now public. Big deal. The only story here is that the House abused its authority.

      1. The House DID h ave a valid reason to seek the returns–as part of its oversight–to ensure that the IRS was carrying out its mandatory duty to conduct automatic audits of the returns of the POTUS and VP. The House did NOT abuse its authority–but don’t believe me, believe the SCOTUS that denied Trump’s lawsuit to block production of the returns, which the law absolutely allows. Because the automatic audits didn’t happen, Congress is proposing legislation to require it in the future. So you say “who cares” that Trump was caught in yet another lie–this time to try to cover up the fact that he’s not as wealthy as he claims to be and that he mostly doesn’t pay taxes? I, and most patriotic Americans DO care. Americans need to know about the business dealings and sources of income for the Chief Executive, so we can know about potential conflicts and entanglements, especially with foreign investments. And, as it turns out, Trump only made money on investments–his businesses flopped financially year after year–that’s what he’s been trying to hide, along with the fact that he mostly doesn’t pay taxes. And, BTW, the IRS didn’t even start auditing Trump until a House committee made inquiries in 2019–so they immediately started auditing 2016. Trump moves around money and losses between hundreds of companies. This disclosure might lead to laws eliminating and/or tightening loopholes tha allow people who make millions on passive investment income to carryover losses and evade paying their fair share of taxes.

        1. I am woman, hear me roaaaaarrrrr!!!

          I stand on the shoulders of Other People’s Money…

          oh, and capacity, acumen, strength, gumption, culture, economy, nation, etc.

        2. Keep going.
          You look foolish as do most with TDS.
          Trump has already admitted that he utilized the deductions and “loopholes” allowed by law.
          I’m going to tell you exactly what is going to happen.
          The liberal press is going to talk about this to drum up unfounded resentment in an attempt to harm his chances in 2024. That is all.
          Absolutely no criminal charges will be filed. Why? Because he broke no laws, and if he did, then there will be, or should be a whole lot of wealthy individuals with charges pending.

          1. The IRS and NY DOR have been going over his tax returns for decades.
            Anyone that expects to find crimes is an idiot.

          2. There is no one who was even remotely thought of voting for Trump that will pay any attention to this.

            This is just an FU by Democrats on the way out the door.

            It is boldly announcing the forced Trump to do something he did not want to for no good reason.

            Outside their ego’s it is meaningless.

            1. The Biden tax returns show only legal income. As Al Capone did, criminals don’t declare illegal income. So, it was easier to convict Al Capone for not reporting ALL of his income, than for convicting him for being a mobster. If the MSM and DOJ would treat Biden like they did Trump, it would be so shocking that many would have heart attacks!

            2. ATS, since Biden’s tax returns don’t meet his lifestyle, now, like is done with other potential violators Biden needs a forensic tax audit tracing all his homes and sources of wealth.

    3. Trump is no threat to you anymore. If he broke the law, let him be fairly held accountable. But you are truly blinded by partisanship if you don’t think this story of government sponsored censorship and corruption in the current White House aren’t the bigger story. Besides, you can always go to the MSM if you can’t get enough TDS.

    4. You want, need rather, so bad for there to be a smoking gun in Trumps tax returns that anything that you don’t understand must be fraud.
      Your attempt to make mundane assumptions are weak, and I would make “a bet with myself” that you’re simply repeating assumptions made for you by orangemanbad news organization.
      The fact you state “ Trump is obviously NOT the financial guru he claims to be” appears to show you think that Trump files his own taxes, rather than have an army of tax lawyers cross the t’s and dot the i’s, which anyone with a substantial amount of assets would do.

    5. None of those things you say “turned out” nor was anything “proven” about Trump’s status as a “financial guru” other than he has a good tax advisors. Turns out you’re just a hateful person with TDS.

      1. Trump has held himself out to be a “very stable genius”, and a real estate wizard. I know of people who found him to be repulsive but voted for him anyway in the belief that since he is allegedly so successful at business, maybe he could turn around the national debt and solve other problems, like streamlining government. They believed the myth of real estate success, which turns out to be a big, fat lie. His tax returns prove that the businesses that he founded and ran, like hotels and golf courses, lost millions of dollars every year. He uses these losses to shield investment income. The only money he made was in passive investments–i.e., write a check to a stock broker who buys stocks or mutual funds, and then collect dividends or to an investment counselor who buys shares of something. Most of the money he made was from an investment in a San Francisco office tower that he holds a 30% interest in, but he didn’t build it and doesn’t run it. All you need to succeed at investing is the telephone number of Edward Jones, Raymond James, Charles Schwab or another investment counselor. The failures of the businesses he started and runs is one of the reasons he fought disclosure of his tax returns–they disprove the myth of fabulous wealth and tremendous success in business that he’s worked so hard to create. And, there’s nothing hateful about pointing out these facts, which are very relevant to his qualification to serve as our chief executive. He’s not successful in business, and he lies about that. .

        1. “He ses these losses to shield investment income.”

          Gigi, if you read what others say, you would have already learned what follows. Unfortunately, you never listen.

          Let me provide you with an example. I frequently buy things for future profit in part to save on taxes.

          This is an example of having nothing to do with me or anyone else.

          I buy a hotel for $25 million. For simplicity’s sake, assume it is all based on a loan at 8% or $2M/year
          Assume the hotel generates $4M, but the costs to run are $2M. I put in $1M per year for improvements.

          That is a total cost of $5M but is a loss of $1M declared on one’s income tax returns. That offsets $1M of earnings on another hotel.

          Because there were dramatic improvements in the hotel and marketed better, it became more profitable because it had more occupancies and a higher room rate. I sell the hotel for $30M, providing a $5M profit.

          Now taxes have to be paid or the money invested in another hotel. If invested, no taxes are paid. That is what you are seeing in Trump’s IRS forms. This is based on our tax law which promotes investment. Private investment is what increases the wealth of a nation and the standard of living for its people.

          I will give a personal example. Much of NYC real estate rises at a faster rate than inflation and based on the purchase, faster than the average profit in one’s portfolio. I own an expensive luxury apartment on the water in midtown Manhattan. It has low carrying costs. I am seldom there, and people wonder why I want to keep such an apartment without being there or renting it out.

          It is easy. Its value climbs faster than the taxes + maintenance + inflation + average profit of investing the money elsewhere. There are no taxes on that profit since it is only on paper. Therefore I get to stay in my own apartment whenever I want while earning money. In fact, I save money because I need not spend money on expensive hotels and I have all the conveniences of home.

          The trick is to understand value and costs because other apartments purchased at the same price could cause a negative return. I buy value properties and know how to increase their value further. Trump knows that, and that is why his purchase of MAL was pure genius.

    6. The Trump tax scandal is that the house lied to the supreme court.
      They claimed they had a legislative purpose.

      Making the tax returns public violates federal law. Law as old as income taxes.
      The only way the house got away with it is the congressional immunity clause.

      If you wish to waste your time rumaging through Trump’s tax return.
      Have at it. I doubt you have a fraction of the skill necescary to do so.

      You could learn alot from my tax return. What you can not learn from it, is whether I am any good at business,
      or whether I have committed any crimes. Absent an idiot for an accountant – even turbotax will assure that your tax return is fully self consistent and contains no evidence of tax evasion or other crimes.

      To find crimes you need to compare his tax return to his financial records which you do not have.
      rankly you only need his financial records to find crimes, or to evaluate how well he runs his businesses.

      Government has those. they are not going to release them – that would also be a crime.
      Regardless, there are no crimes there or long ago they would have been prosecuted.

  8. “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.”
    Abraham Lincoln

    Said no one from the FBI

    1. OMG! I apologize, but you asked for it!

      Karl Marx’s “earnest of the epoch,” “Crazy Abe” Lincoln, leading America toward “the RECONSTRUCTION of a social world,” espoused Marx’s pejoratives “capitalist” and “fleece the people” in 1837.

      “These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people.”

      – Abraham Lincoln, from his first speech as an Illinois state legislator, 1837

      “Everyone now is more or less a Socialist.”

      – Charles Dana, managing editor of the New York Tribune, and Lincoln’s assistant secretary of war, 1848

      “The goal of Socialism is Communism.”

      – Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

      “The workingmen of Europe feel sure that, as the American War of Independence initiated a new era of ascendancy for the middle class, so the American Antislavery War will do for the working classes. They consider it an earnest of the epoch to come that it fell to the lot of Abraham Lincoln, the single-minded son of the working class, to lead his country through the matchless struggle for the rescue of an enchained race and the reconstruction of a social world.”

      – Karl Marx and the First International Workingmen’s Association to Lincoln, 1864

      “ON DECEMBER 3, 1861, a former one-term congressman, who had spent most of the past dozen years studying dissident economic theories, mounting challenges to the existing political order and proposing ever more radical responses to the American crisis, delivered his first State of the Union address as the sixteenth president of the United States.

      “Long before 1848, German radicals had begun to arrive in Illinois, where they quickly entered into the legal and political circles in which Lincoln traveled. One of them, Gustav Korner, was a student revolutionary at the University of Munich who had been imprisoned by German authorities in the early 1830s for organizing illegal demonstrations. After his release, Korner returned to his hometown of Frankfurt am Main where, according to historian Raymond Lohne, “he was one of about fifty conspirators involved in an attack upon the two main city guardhouses and the arsenal at the police facility and jail. This admixture of students and soldiers had planned to seize cannon, muskets, and ammunition; free political prisoners accused of breaking press-censorship laws, and begin ringing the great Sturmglocke (storm bell) of the Dom, the signal for the people to come in from the countryside. At that point, the democratic revolution would be announced…. Unfortunately, they were walking into a trap…. Betrayed by both a spy in their midst, and the reluctance of the common people to rise, nine students were killed, twenty-four were seriously wounded, and by August 3, 1833, Gustav Körner found himself riding into downtown Belleville, Illinois.”
      “Within a decade, Korner would pass the Illinois bar, win election to the legislature and be appointed to the state Supreme Court. Korner and Lincoln formed an alliance that would become so close that the student revolutionary from Frankfurt would eventually be one of seven personal delegates-at-large named by Lincoln to serve at the critical Republican State Convention in May 1860, which propelled the Springfield lawyer into that year’s presidential race. Through Korner, Lincoln met and befriended many of the German radicals who, after the failure of the 1848 revolution, fled to Illinois and neighboring Wisconsin. Along with Korner on Lincoln’s list of personal delegates-at-large to the 1860 convention was Friedrich Karl Franz Hecker, a lawyer from Mannheim who had served as a liberal legislator in the lower chamber of the Baden State Assembly before leading an April 1848 uprising in the region—an uprising cheered on by the newspaper Marx briefly edited during that turbulent period, Neue Rheinische Zeitung—Organ der Demokratie.

      “Even as they agreed on homesteading, Greeley and Lincoln wrangled over the timing and scope of an emancipation proclamation. The editor joined Frederick Douglass in demanding that the president take steps to make the Civil War not merely a struggle to preserve the Union, but “an Abolition war.” Even as Greeley and Lincoln exchanged sometimes pointed letters, the Tribune’s longtime managing editor Charles Dana was now working for Lincoln. Officially assigned to the War Department — where he would eventually serve as assistant secretary — Dana’s real role was as an aide and adviser to the president on questions of what the former newspaperman described as the “judicious, humane, and wise uses of executive authority.” That Lincoln spent much of his presidency reading dispatches from and welcoming the counsel of Marx’s longtime editor—like the fact that he awarded military commissions to the numerous comrades of the author of The Communist Manifesto who had come to the United States as political refugees following the failed European revolutions of 1848—is a shard of history rarely seen in the hagiographic accounts that produce a sanitized version of the sixteenth president’s story. In the years following Lincoln’s death, his law partner and political comrade, William Herndon, complained that Lincoln’s official biographers were already attempting “to make the story with the classes as against the masses,” an approach that he suggested “will result in delineating the real Lincoln about as well as does a wax figure in the museum.”

      – ISR International Socialist Review

      1. “It is best for all to leave each man free to acquire property as fast as he can. Some will get wealthy. I don’t believe in a law to prevent a man from getting rich; it would do more harm than good.” ___Abraham Lincoln

  9. Joe Biden being his master of all knowledge cashed in on his expertise. https://nypost.com/2021/02/19/biden-says-he-was-professor-touting-1m-gig-with-few-visits/. Then again Bill Clinton delivered a speech in Russia that paid him the handsome fee of $500,000. I hear that when Joe retires he will be made an honorary G-Man at the FBI. At his acceptance speech he will be thanking the FBI for all they did to get him elected. For this speech the FBI will pay him a smooth one hundred grand. A trophy will be presented.

    1. Wow the source is the New York Post….not there is an example of platinum plated journalism…not. It’s the Foxmof print.

      1. Is that the same New York Post that printed that disinformation about the Hunter Biden laptop? Oh, wait. My bad. It wasn’t disinformation. Everyone else printed the disinformation

  10. Has Kevin “The Bumpkin From Bakersfield” McCarthy forwarded criminal referrals to the DOJ for Christopher Wray, Adamn Schiff and the rest of the members of the Deep Deep State?


    Has Kevin “The Bumpkin From Bakersfield” McCarthy obtained the tax returns of the Biden Crime Family?


    What exactly has Kevin “The Bumpkin From Bakersfield” McCarthy ever done?

    Oh, yeah, subtly and perniciously support and perpetuate the Deep Deep State now assuming the starring role as John Boehner Junior, Chief RINO Extraordinaire.

  11. Mao Zedong-all power emanates from the barrel of a gun. One of the few times I ever agreed with Mao. But it is true. We are a free republic because
    1-we were far away from our parent country and it was a logistical nitemare to conquer us.
    2- we had powerful enough friends (France) who aided us even though they lost.
    3-We were the United Kingdom’s 4th priority after The Caribbean (slaves, cane sugar and rum-biggest money maker for the the empire, Gibraltar-total control of the Mediterranean (no Suez Canal), India-well developed and rich empire in the process of falling to the British empire).
    We remained free because we grew fast, were innovative and rapidly but hesitantly developed a strong military and quickly crushed any real threats in North America.
    The Republic would never have lasted without the military, despite all our freedoms. Republics died before when they were too small, (Athens, Netherlands, etc) or weak. Rome was the exception because they grew strong and were too stubborn to admit defeat.
    Government is Force. The constitution is there to restrain government but the constitution is a piece of parchment. The people who support it have to fight for it and have eternal vigilance or it will all disappear.
    We pledge allegiance to the Constitution and the Flag not to the president or congress or even the government.

    1. Funny you should mention Rome since we are following their footsteps. Edward Gibbon’s book gives us a glimpse at what is coming.

  12. Hey whats a few FBI agents here or there. Eighty agents at Twitter, fifty agents at Facebook, twenty agents at The New York Times, twenty five agents at The Washington Post and thirty agents at CNN. What’s the problem with a little government oversight comrades?

  13. The breach of the law and lowering of moral standards by Government Actors must be addressed with some urgency. How are we to continue this republic if the administers of the law do not respect the law.

      1. I don’t necessarily disagree, but it comes down to how many times you prime the pump before you give up. The government actors have primed the pump on a continued basis since President Trump announced his candidacy, yet nothing has come to an actual conclusion of his innocents or guilt, just primed accusations. The government actors both present and past have been, and continue to be, priming the pump full of, obfuscations, guilt of thought, and any assortment of other charges to forward their agenda and disparage their opponent, by any means necessary.

  14. A government for the people, by the people?
    Not for quite some time it appears.
    It’s one thing to come home and find a criminal break in.
    It’s quite another to wake up and find they’re in your house and have been for quite some time.

  15. The FBI sharing classified information with Twitter? it seems they have been doing that, but questions are being raised about the ability of doing that.


    “ The FBI’s efforts to maintain separation between itself and Twitter to avoid triggering the Constitution apparently didn’t prevent the federal government from sharing classified information. The Sept. 15, 2020 email from Cardille to Baker revealed this concerning detail.

    “I explicitly asked if there were any impediments with the ability of the government to share classified information or other relevant information with industry,” Cardille wrote about her most recent “monthly (soon to be weekly) 90-minute meeting with FBI, DOJ, DHS, ODNI, and industry peers on election threads.” The “FBI was adamant that no impediments to information sharing exist,” Cardille told Twitter’s then-deputy general counsel.

    How could that be? Do the FBI and other intelligence agencies ignore classification designations when working with the tech industry? Or is the supposed intel the FBI is feeding to the social media giants with the goal of censoring private speech so mundane it isn’t classified? Both scenarios are troubling, just for different reasons.”

    They CAN do that if they are the ones who had the authority to classify information. They can share it if they choose to when it suits their intent. Sharing classified information by the authority who classified it in the first place is well within their prerogative. Just as the CIA can share certain information they deem classified on a need to know basis or when it suits their goals. Nothing particularly unprecedented about that. But interesting nowadays.

    1. Svelaz, you can put all the lipstick on the pig you want but it’s still a pig. The FBI placed a mole in Twitter to help monitor what tweets should be banned. The question that should come to your mind is what justified the need to know by Twitter employees? A second question that should come to mind is after having the laptop for ten months why did the FBI warn its mole at Twitter that Russian disinformation would on the way? These questions should be considered by those with a curios mind and not considered by those with a willful lack of curiosity. Thank you for your thoughts.

    2. Svelaz, the 7th instalment says that in August 2020 the FBI gave top secret security clearances to some at Twitter. That apparently enabled them to brief Roth on APT128, which he cited in a recent interview as a reason for his concerns about the NYP story.

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