On Friday, the stunning news broke that the FBI had gone to Facebook in October of 2020 to “warn” the social media giant that the Hunter Biden laptop story was Russian disinformation. That revelation came via Mark Zuckerberg himself on Joe Rogan’s podcast.
The FBI’s actions helped pushed a regime of censorship just prior to the election that very well could have altered the results given the small margin in three states that decided things. It was election interference on a stunning scale, carried out in a way that can only be explained by political weaponization.
Of course, the FBI thinks that the American people are idiots, so they’ve offered a lump of weasel words in response knowing a willing press will run the headlines they want. Here’s NBC News with its report.
Let’s add this to the long list of FBI docs we need to see.
“The FBI routinely notifies U.S. private sector entities, including social media providers, of potential threat information, so that they can decide how to better defend against threats.” https://t.co/4PMQA5cWRq
— Julie Kelly ???????? (@julie_kelly2) August 27, 2022
In a statement Friday night, the FBI said it has provided companies with “foreign threat indicators” to help protect their platforms and customers, but that it “cannot ask, or direct, companies to take action on information received.”
“The FBI routinely notifies U.S. private sector entities, including social media providers, of potential threat information, so that they can decide how to better defend against threats,” the agency said.
Did you get all that? The FBI “cannot ask, or direct companies to take action on information received.” Clearly, that means the bureau did nothing wrong here. They were just giving a warning and letting the social media companies do as they will.
Conversely, that willfully misses the point of what people are even criticizing the FBI for. As I explained in a prior article, they’ve had Hunter Biden’s laptop since 2019. What that logically means is that when FBI agents went to Facebook (and presumably, all other major social media companies) to “warn” about a “threat” that they knew was false.
There was no question at that point that the laptop was not Russian disinformation. Yet, the FBI played it up as that anyway, knowing full well that Facebook and others would run to censor the story. Why? Because those same companies had been under heavy congressional pressure to stop disinformation and misinformation. In other words, whether the FBI actually “directed” Facebook to do anything is irrelevant. What’s relevant is that they set the stage for what happened, knowing that they were misleading the social media companies in doing so. In the ironies of all ironies, the FBI used disinformation to frame something as disinformation in order to harm a political opponent.
Couple that with the fact that the FBI also actively sought to suppress any investigation into Hunter Biden prior to the 2020 election, and the pattern is clear. The bureau was used as a tool to help usher Joe Biden into the White House. These people have nothing but contempt for you. What else was done that we don’t know about? That’s the million-dollar question, and it’s one that must be answered when Republicans retake power.