FBI warned Twitter about Hunter Biden ‘hack’ before censoring The Post

The FBI warned Twitter at “weekly” meetings leading up to the 2020 election to expect “hack-and-leak operations” by “state actors” involving Hunter Biden and “likely” in October, according to an affidavit by former Twitter boss on site integrity, Yoel Roth.

The warnings were so specific that Twitter immediately censored The Post’s report of Hunter Biden’s laptop on Oct. 14, 2020, invoking its “hacked materials” policy, a move described Saturday by Twitter’s new owner Elon Musk as ” Election interference” was described.

The extraordinary revelation reveals for the first time how the FBI was involved in preempting the story of the laptop, which has been in the FBI’s possession for nearly a year.

“I was told at these meetings that the intelligence community expects people associated with political campaigns to be hacked and that material obtained through these hacks is likely to be shared via social media platforms, including Twitter , being spread,” Roth said in a Dec . 21st, 2020 Statement to the Federal Electoral Commission.

“I also learned at these meetings that there were rumors that a hack and leak operation would involve Hunter Biden.”

Roth’s signed statement was part of Twitter’s defense of a complaint by the Tea Party Patriots Foundation that their censorship of The Post was a “factual contribution” to then-presidential candidate Joe Biden’s campaign.

The Feds’ social gatherings

The FBI also warned Facebook to be on “high alert” ahead of the 2020 election to dispose of “Russian propaganda,” in terms specific enough to “fit the pattern” of The Post’s story , CEO Mark Zuckerberg told podcast host Joe Rogan in August.

Facebook also censored The Post before Twitter throttled the story in October, awaiting “fact checks” that appear never to have been done.

Yoel Roth, Twitter's former head of site integrity, said in a statement to the Federal Election Commission on December 21, 2020 that the company was told that hacked materials were likely to be distributed through social media platforms.
Yoel Roth, Twitter’s former head of site integrity, said in a statement to the Federal Election Commission on December 21, 2020 that the company was told that hacked materials were likely to be distributed through social media platforms.

The FBI agent who organized these weekly meetings with Big Tech was Supervisor Special Agent Elvis Chan, whose doctoral thesis claimed Russia interfered in the 2016 election to help former President Donald Trump.

Chan testified Tuesday in Zoom’s lawsuit against the Biden administration that he organized the meetings in San Francisco for up to seven DC-based FBI agents ahead of the 2020 presidential election. Chan also organized weekly meetings with Facebook.

The lawsuit, brought by Republican attorneys general for Missouri and Louisiana, alleges that White House officials and federal agencies worked with Big Tech to censor “unpopular speakers, viewpoints and content on social media platforms.”

When questioned by Missouri Attorney General John Sauer on Tuesday, Chan said the FBI warned Twitter to be on the lookout for a “hack and leak” operation, but didn’t recall if Hunter Biden was mentioned be.

This is a key contradiction to Roth’s affidavit that the FBI specifically mentions Hunter.

The FBI used the meetings to persuade social media platforms to change their terms of service to quickly remove “hacked material,” says a source with access to a transcript of Chan’s testimony.

It looks very much like the FBI anticipated a story about Hunter Biden that they knew was coming. But how were they to know that The Post would publish the story in October 2020?

Well, the FBI spied the online cloud of Trump’s then-attorney Rudy Giuliani under the guise of an investigation into alleged foreign agent registration violations, an investigation that was conveniently dropped this year.

The undercover surveillance warrant against Giuliani in August 2020 gave the FBI access to emails from John Paul Mac Isaac, the owner of a computer repair shop in Delaware, that disclosed Joe Biden malicious information from the laptop Hunter Biden found at his shop in April 2019 had left behind.

The FBI also had access to my messages with Giuliani in October discussing when The Post would publish the story.

The FBI knew Mac Isaac was a legitimate whistleblower because he came to them in the fall of 2019 to raise national security concerns about laptop evidence of payments to the Biden family from Ukraine and China. On December 9, 2019, two agents came to his store with a subpoena and took away the laptop and a hard drive copy.

We know from FBI whistleblowers who have come forward to Republican congressmen that rogue FBI agents buried the laptop and other information damaging to Joe Biden at the Washington field office ahead of the 2020 election.

Thanks to Elon Musk, we now know more about Twitter’s role in this apparent interference.

During a live Q&A session on Twitter Saturday afternoon, Musk said, “When Twitter does a team’s bidding before an election and shuts down dissenting votes in a crucial election, that’s the very definition of election interference. . . . Frankly, Twitter acted like an arm of the Democratic National Committee. It was absurd.”

Twitter CEO Elon Musk said the company is operating as a "Arm of the Democratic National Committee" when The Post censored it.
Twitter CEO Elon Musk said the company acted as an “arm of the Democratic National Committee” when it censored The Post.
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But despite promises to reveal all about The Post’s censorship, Musk’s Friday night dump of what he calls the “Twitter files” left out one crucial element: the FBI.

Journalist Matt Taibbi, hired by Musk to release the information, tweeted that “there is no evidence – as far as I’ve seen – of government involvement in the laptop story.”

This contradicts Roth’s affidavit that the FBI had warned of a “hack and leak” operation involving Hunter Biden, as well as Twitter’s attorneys’ response to the FEC in December 2020.

The law firm of Covington & Burling told the FEC that “throughout 2020, Twitter had been warned by federal law enforcement agencies to be on the alert for anticipated ‘hack-and-leak operations’ by malicious state actors involving these State actors could hack electronic devices from individuals linked to political campaigns and attempt to distribute the leaked materials. . . . Law enforcement reports even indicated that there were rumors that such a hack and leak operation would be linked to Hunter Biden.”

Then there is the odd role of Twitter’s Deputy General Counsel James Baker, former General Counsel at the FBI where he was involved in collusion with Russia against Trump.

According to Taibbi, Baker advised the Post’s story to be censored because “the materials may have been hacked [and] Caution is advised. ”

Twitter Deputy General Counsel James Baker shared that the company censored The Post's story of Hunter Biden over allegedly hacked materials.
Twitter Deputy General Counsel James Baker shared that the company censored The Post’s story of Hunter Biden over allegedly hacked materials.
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Before he parachuted onto Twitter in June 2020, conveniently just five months before the election, Baker was a personal acquaintance of FBI Agent Chan.

Rooting for Biden

Chan testified Tuesday that he knew Baker from working with FBI “Lovebirds” agent Peter Strzok and attorney Lisa Page in a 2016 investigation into a hack on Yahoo.

He said he is staying in touch with Page, who was forced out of the office along with Strzok after her malicious anti-Trump text messages were exposed.

Baker is also linked to some of the 51 intelligence officials who signed the Oct. 19, 2020 letter, released five days after the Post laptop bombing, falsely claiming Hunter’s laptop had “all the classic hallmarks of a Russian intelligence operation.”

Three days after writing, candidate Biden used the letter to stay off the hook in his latest debate against Trump: “There are 50 ex-Nazis who said that [Trump is] accuse me is a Russian plant. . . What he says is a pile of rubbish.”

Between his 2018 retirement from the FBI and his move to Twitter, Baker worked for the Brookings Institution and wrote for the Lawfare Blog, which is published by David Priess, a former CIA agent who signed the “Dirty 51” letter and Chief Operating Officer of is the Lawfare Institute and blog editor. Six other signers of the letter are linked to the Lawfare blog.

It’s a cozy network where everyone was in favor of Biden beating Trump in 2020 – and Twitter was a useful companion.

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