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More Details Emerge About FBI’s Effort to Kill Hunter Biden Laptop Story by Suggesting It Was an Operation of Hostile Foreign Actors

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was involved in a much greater effort to discredit the Hunter Biden laptop story on social media platforms than was previously thought, as evidenced by the latest information published on Twitter via journalists reporting on the “Twitter Files.”

In a “Twitter Files” thread released Monday by journalist Michael Shellenberger, new evidence is being revealed that outlines what could be described as a “proactive” approach to silencing the news before it became public. According to Shellenberger, the FBI advised Twitter, along with other social media sites, about the possibility of a Russian “hack and leak” operation.

“We have discovered new info that points to an organized effort by the intel community to influence Twitter & other platforms,” Shellenberger described in one tweet.

According to the information coming out, even as people were learning that Hunter Biden was receiving tens of millions of dollars, despite not having done much of anything to earn it, the FBI was more concerned that the files stored on Biden's laptop would be released.

Shellenberger further noted that Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, mentioned that the same issue was taking place at Facebook. Without prompting, the FBI was coming in and telling Facebook staff, “This is a Russian operation, and you need to fight back against it.”

There are a variety of questions regarding the nature of what the FBI believed was going on. According to their own admissions, they did not observe as many foreign actors making use of social media to influence the outcome of the 2020 election as they did in 2016. FBI investigation officer Elvis Chan, who was included in the latest “Twitter Files,” admitted as much.

“Through our investigations, we did not see any similar competing intrusions to what had happened in 2016,” acknowledged FBI agent Elvis Chan in November, as per Shellenberger’s thread.

And Twitter itself stated that it had seen very little of such activity.

“[O]n Sept 24, 2020, Twitter told FBI it had removed 345 ‘largely inactive' accounts ‘linked to previous coordinated Russian hacking attempts.' They ‘had little reach & low follower accounts,'” Shellenberger wrote.

“It’s not the first time that Twitter’s [Yoel] Roth has pushed back against the FBI,” he continued. “In January 2020, Roth resisted FBI efforts to get Twitter to share data outside of the normal search warrant process.”

Another Twitter official wrote to Roth: “We have seen a sustained (If uncoordinated) effort by the IC [intelligence community] to push us to share more info & change our API policies. They are probing & pushing everywhere they can (including by whispering to congressional staff).”

Roth's doubts are particularly notable considering how fast his partisan tendencies led him to make rash decisions regarding moderating content in the company. Roth and the rest of Twitter's top management repeatedly informed the FBI that they weren't seeing any significant cases of foreign actors spreading misinformation to influence the outcome of any matter, but the FBI kept insisting.

Then the FBI released information about a Russian hacking group to Roth, and it appears to have influenced his decisions regarding the Hunter Biden laptop story. All of this comes without proof that any of the leaking of information from the laptop was a Russian operation. This increasingly appears to have been an attempt by the FBI to convince Roth that any information that was about to be released would be Russian disinformation. Many efforts were made to debunk what we now realize was a reliable report.

As more information is released, it becomes clearer that, indeed, something must be done to address the FBI's actions over the last few years.

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