‘Twitter Files Part 7’ Exposes ‘Organized Effort’ by FBI & DOJ to ‘Discredit’ Hunter Biden Allegations

Elon Musk has just released “Twitter Files: Part 7,” exposing an “organized effort” by federal law enforcement and the intelligence community to influence Twitter and discredit allegations against Hunter Biden.

Musk tasked independent writer Michael Shellenberger with releasing the latest installment of the “Twitter Files” on Monday.

Shellenberger delves into how the FBI, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and intelligence community “discredited factual information about Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings.”

The files show a direct effort by America’s taxpayer-funded federal agencies to suppress negative press on the Democrat candidate during the 2020 election.

The latest release also reveals that the intel community has taken action on a domestic level to influence Twitter’s content moderation.

Musk has long been vocal about being transparent when it comes to Twitter’s past and present actions in curating content on the platform, including censored content.

The Twitter boss has enlisted independent journalists to slowly release evidence of these actions.

The series, dubbed the “Twitter Files,” continues to expose once-secret communications.

“In Twitter Files #6, we saw the FBI relentlessly seek to exercise influence over Twitter, including over its content, its users, and its data,” Shellenberger wrote.

“We have discovered new info that points to an organized effort by the intel community to influence Twitter & other platforms,” he later added.

“In Twitter Files #7, we present evidence pointing to an organized effort by representatives of the intelligence community (IC), aimed at senior executives at news and social media companies, to discredit leaked information about Hunter Biden before and after it was published,” he continued.

“The story begins in December 2019 when a Delaware computer store owner named John Paul (J.P.) Mac Isaac contacts the FBI about a laptop that Hunter Biden had left with him On Dec 9, 2019, the FBI issues a subpoena for, and takes, Hunter Biden’s laptop.”

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“It’s important to understand that Hunter Biden earned *tens of millions* of dollars in contracts with foreign businesses, including ones linked to China’s government, for which Hunter offered no real work,” Shellenberger wrote.

“During all of 2020, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies repeatedly primed Yoel Roth to dismiss reports of Hunter Biden’s laptop as a Russian ‘hack and leak’ operation,” he wrote.

He added a screenshot of a sworn declaration by Roth discussing years of weekly meetings, warning of such an operation happening right before the 2020 election.

Shellenberger noted that Meta/Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg once said the FBI approached Facebook.

Zuckerberg said agents also warned of Russian “propaganda” ahead of the 2022 election.

“Were the FBI warnings of a Russian hack-and-leak operation relating to Hunter Biden based on *any* new intel? No, they weren’t,” Shellenberger wrote in a tweet sharing comments from FBI agent Elvis Chan.

“Through our investigations, we did not see any similar competing intrusions to what had happened in 2016,” Chan wrote.

Shellenberger also noted that Twitter executives “repeatedly” indicated there was “very little” Russian activity on the platform.

Shellenberger wrote that Twitter even “debunked false claims by journalists of foreign influence on its platform,” including polarizing NBC News reporter Ben Collins who reported White nationalists posing as Antifa called for violence on Twitter.

“We haven’t seen any evidence to support that claim,” former Twitter exec Yoel Roth wrote to Chan on June 2, 2020.

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

He then notes that “pressure had been growing.”

Shellenberger shared an email in which a Twitter executive told Roth the intelligence community wanted the company to share more information and change API policies.

“They are probing & pushing everywhere they can (including by whispering to congressional staff),” Twitter’s director of policy and philanthropy wrote.

“Time and again, FBI asks Twitter for evidence of foreign influence & Twitter responds that they aren’t finding anything worth reporting,” Shellenberger wrote.

“Despite Twitter’s pushback, the FBI repeatedly requests information from Twitter that Twitter has already made clear it will not share outside of normal legal channels.”

“Then, in July 2020, the FBI’s Elvis Chan arranges for temporary Top Secret security clearances for Twitter executives so that the FBI can share information about threats to the upcoming elections,” Shellenberger wrote, proving email evidence.

“On August 11, 2020, the FBI’s Chan shares information with Twitter’s Roth relating to the Russian hacking organization, APT28, through the FBI’s secure, one-way communications channel, Teleporter,” Shellenberger wrote.

Roth recently said during an interview that the Hunter Biden laptop set off his “finely tuned APT28 hack-and-leap campaign alarm bells.”

Shellenberger provided a video of Roth’s comments in the 24th portion of the lengthy thread.

Journalist Matt Taibbi went viral with the first installment in early December with his “Twitter Files” focusing on Twitter’s internal discussions leading to it censoring the Hunter Biden laptop story during the 2020 presidential election.

Taibbi’s exposé shows some officials struggling to explain how the story violated its “hacked materials” policies.

It was later revealed that the first batch of “Twitter Files” was vetted without Musk’s knowledge by Twitter deputy general counsel Jim Baker.

Baker previously served as the FBI’s general counsel and was involved in the anti-Trump Russia probe, aka the “Russia Hoax.”

Musk fired Baker shortly thereafter.

Baker was swept up by Taibbi’s reporting about the suppression of the Hunter Biden story, telling his colleagues at the time, “I support the conclusion that we need more facts to assess whether the materials were hacked.”

“It’s reasonable for us to assume that they may have been and that caution is warranted,” he added.

Additionally, Taibbi initially reported, “Although several sources recalled hearing about a ‘general’ warning from federal law enforcement that summer about possible foreign hacks, there’s no evidence – that I’ve seen – of any government involvement in the laptop story.”

It is unclear whether Baker’s involvement in vetting the “Twitter Files” led Taibbi to draw that conclusion and whether Baker omitted files that would have shown the federal government intervening in Twitter’s suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story.

The second installment published by Weiss revealed Twitter’s “blacklisting” of prominent conservatives, including Fox News host Dan Bongino, Turning Point USA’s Charlie Kirk, as well as Stanford University’s Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a longstanding opponent of COVID groupthink during the pandemic who expressed opposition to lockdowns.

Internal communications also reveal Twitter staffers admitting that the popular account Libs of TikTok never violated its “hateful conduct” policy despite being punished several times for allegedly doing so.

Those revelations appear to contradict what former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey told Congress in 2018, saying under oath that Twitter did not censor or shadowban conservatives.

The third, fourth, and fifth installments of the “Twitter Files” focused on the permanent suspension of President Trump around the Capitol riot events in January 2021.

Taibbi reported how Twitter circulated election-related tweets from various users leading up to the 2020 election that were “flagged” by the FBI as being problematic.

Shellenberger revealed that Dorsey was phoning it in as he was on vacation while his deputies were pushing to deplatform Trump, with Roth in particularly spearheading efforts to censor other users pertaining to tweets about the 2020 election.

It became known that Roth met on a weekly basis with the FBI, DHS as well as the office of DNI in the weeks leading up to the election.

Weiss addressed the pressure Twitter management was facing from its employees who called for Trump’s permanent suspension, though the Free Press editor also revealed several Twitter staffers who enforce policies did not believe Trump’s tweets from Jan. 6 actually violated its rules.

However, it was Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s then-head legal chief, who asked if Trump’s tweets could be “coded incitement to further violence.”

Moments later, the so-called “scaled enforcement team” suggested that based on how Twitter interprets Trump’s tweets, it could violate the violence incitement policies.

Part six of the “Twitter Files” put a spotlight on Twitter’s close ties with the FBI.

Taibbi alleged the law enforcement agency was acting like a “subsidiary” of the tech giant revealing communications that showed the FBI, as many as 80 agents, systemically flagged Twitter users for tweets that included “possible violative content” pertaining to the election.

In response to the “Twitter Files,” a spokesperson for the FBI issued a statement, saying:

“The FBI regularly engages with private sector entities to provide information specific to identified foreign malign influence actors’ subversive, undeclared, covert, or criminal activities.

“Private sector entities independently make decisions about what, if any, action they take on their platforms and for their customers after the FBI has notified them.”

The FBI’s routine contact with Twitter regarding users that would ultimately face punishment for their tweets has raised major flags about potential First Amendment violations.

Check back for updates on this developing story…

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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