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FBI put the Hunter Biden story proper in Fb’s lap

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In his eagerness to ingratiate himself with mega-podcaster Joe Rogan, Fb boss Mark Zuckerberg inadvertently revealed that the FBI had been extra express than beforehand identified in its personal warning about Russian disinformation shortly earlier than The Publish revealed the Hunter Biden laptop computer story, which the social media firm suppressed earlier than the 2020 election.

Whereas Fb received’t say precisely what the FBI informed them, it has informed The Publish that Hunter Biden was not talked about. However it refuses to rule out whether or not Joe Biden or Ukraine had been raised within the FBI’s defensive briefing to Fb weeks earlier than the Oct. 14, 2020, publication of our story implicating the then-Democratic presidential candidate in his son’s profitable Ukrainian influence-peddling schemes.

“Principally, the background right here is the FBI mainly got here to us, some people on our crew, and was like, ‘Hey, simply so you recognize you ought to be on excessive alert,’ ” mentioned Zuckerberg. “ ‘We thought there was a whole lot of Russian propaganda within the 2016 election, we have now it on discover that mainly there’s about to be some type of dump that’s just like that so simply be vigilant.’ ”

When Rogan requested if the FBI had informed Fb to be on guard particularly for our story about Hunter Biden’s laptop computer, Zuckerberg claimed, relatively unconvincingly that he did “not keep in mind . . . particularly” however “it mainly match the sample.”

In response to questions from The Publish, final week Fb refused to offer the date of the FBI personal briefing or particulars of the “sample” the FBI informed them to look out for.

Joe rogan and mark Zuckerberg on the Joe rogan experience podcast on YouTube
Zuckerberg informed Joe Rogan that the FBI approached Fb and warned of a Russian propaganda “dump.”
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Since our story had nothing to do with Russian disinformation, what made Fb assume it was the “dump” the FBI warned them about? We requested Fb: “Was there point out made within the FBI briefing of Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, Ukraine or a laptop computer?”

Fb’s reply was curious. “The FBI shared basic warnings about overseas interference — nothing particular about Hunter Biden.” 

Observe the omissions.

Suspicious timeline

No matter was mentioned, the briefing will need to have been particular sufficient for Fb to acknowledge instantly that our story was precisely what the FBI was warning about and transfer at file pace to throttle it. At 11:10 a.m. the morning the story went dwell, Democratic operative Andy Stone, Fb’s communications supervisor, issued an announcement on Twitter asserting “we’re lowering its distribution on our platform” whereas the story is “reality checked by Fb’s third-party reality checking companions.”

All morning the bombshell story had been the topic of frenetic commentary from journalists on twitter. However Stone’s announcement killed it stone useless. Twitter adopted Fb’s lead and locked The Publish’s account for 2 weeks.

Mission completed. Polls present that the result of the election might have been totally different if the story had not been censored.

The FBI’s involvement within the censorship amounted to election interference, and as we have now realized since from whistleblowers, the interference by a cabal of FBI brokers to suppress derogatory details about the Biden household prolonged nicely past The Publish’s story.

Hunter smokes a cigarette.
Whereas Fb received’t say precisely what the FBI informed them, it has informed The Publish that Hunter Biden was not talked about.

So, the query is, how did the FBI learn about our story weeks earlier than it was revealed, possibly even earlier than we had been informed concerning the laptop computer by Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer Bob Costello?

Have been they spying on John Paul Mac Isaac, the proprietor of the Delaware Mac restore store the place Hunter had deserted his laptop computer in April 2019? Mac Isaac believed he was below surveillance after he first contacted the FBI on October 9, 2019, by way of his father, to inform them he had the laptop computer and was involved about proof of crimes he believed it contained. The FBI’s response was oddly hostile.

What adopted was a curious go to to his Delaware residence by FBI brokers Mike DeMeo and Joshua Wilson of the FBI’s Baltimore workplace a month later, and once more to his retailer on December 9, this time with a subpoena for Hunter’s water-damaged laptop computer and a tough drive clone of its contents which Mac Isaac had made.

John Paul Mac Issac speaks to NY Post.
John Paul Mac Issac believes he was below surveillance after he first contacted the FBI in 2019 concerning the laptop computer.
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The case ID on the receipt the FBI gave him was linked to a money-laundering case out of the Baltimore area workplace. What we didn’t know till after the election was that the US legal professional in Delaware, David Weiss, had been investigating Hunter since 2018 over alleged tax evasion, cash laundering and violations of the Overseas Agent Registration Act (FARA), and the Baltimore FBI workplace supposedly was conducting the related investigation.

Rudy’s position

We don’t know whether or not Mac Isaac was below FBI surveillance. However we don’t have to take a position about Rudy Giuliani.

We all know the FBI spied on the previous mayor’s cloud for 2 years from Might, 2019, a month after he started working as then president Donald Trump’s private legal professional. A 12 months after raiding Giuliani’s Higher East Aspect condominium final April, ostensibly over FARA violations, the FBI returned all his gadgets, with out charging him, and informed the New York Instances he was now not below investigation.

Rudy Giuliani arrives at the Fulton County Courthouse on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in Atlanta.
FBI brokers raided former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s Higher East Aspect condominium in April 2021.
AP/John Bazemore

So the FBI had entry to all Giuliani’s emails and iMessages for 2 years. Have been they spying on Giuliani in an effort to spy on Trump?

Sadly for them, Trump hardly ever writes emails or texts in order that they got here up empty there. However it’s attainable that they noticed the e-mail to Giuliani from his lawyer Bob Costello at 4.28 p.m. on Aug. 27, 2020, telling him of Mac Isaac’s “wonderful discovery.”

“I’m arranging to get a whole copy of the exhausting drive because it comprises plenty of supplies past the Ukraine stuff in keeping with the proprietor . . . The 5 emails he despatched present that Hunter was immediately concerned in orchestrating his father Joe Biden’s intervention to cease the Ukrainian investigation of Burisma,” Costello wrote. “I consider that we’re on the verge of a recreation altering manufacturing of indeniable proof of the corruption we have now lengthy suspected involving the Biden’s and Ukraine — however there may be extra.”

Costello then forwarded Mac Isaac’s authentic e-mail addressed to Giuliani, which described how Hunter got here into his retailer raveled and reeking of alcohol, and attaching a duplicate of the work order with Hunter’s signature, the FBI receipt and subpoena.

The FBI had entry to all of it. They’d had the laptop computer for 9 months they usually knew Mac Isaac was authentic.

We all know they appeared on the laptop computer as a result of Mac Isaac obtained a sequence of calls from an agent the day after they seized it, asking find out how to plug it in.

Ranking Member Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing to examine a post-Roe America, focusing on the legal consequences of the Dobbs decision, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 12, 2022.
A whistleblower informed Sen. Chuck Grassley that the FBI had “developed details about Hunter Biden’s legal monetary and associated exercise.”
AP/Andrew Harnik

‘Identical playbook’

As we all know now from whistleblowers who got here ahead to Sen. Chuck Grassley, the FBI obstructed its personal investigation of the laptop computer.

Timothy Thibault, an FBI assistant particular agent in cost on the Washington area workplace, has been on go away since Grassley began elevating issues about his suppression of detrimental details about Hunter earlier than the 2020 election.

The whistleblowers additionally informed Grassley that the FBI had “developed details about Hunter Biden’s legal monetary and associated exercise . . . verified and verifiable derogatory info” however that was “falsely labeled as disinformation” by FBI supervisory intelligence analyst Brian Auten in August 2020.

Auten has been recognized because the analyst who didn’t alert his colleagues in 2016 to the “inconsistencies” within the phony Steele file, cooked up by the Clinton marketing campaign to say Trump was a Russian agent.

The identical playbook was being utilized to the Hunter Biden info.

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