AFBI official linked to Facebook’s decision to delete reports on Hunter Biden’s laptop hard drive just before 2020 presidential election still gives information on foreign influence threats to media companies social.
Both Facebook and Twitter have restricted access to New York PostHunter Biden’s laptop stories weeks before the 2020 election after receiving information about Russia from the office.
Laura Dehmlow, section chief of the FBI’s Foreign Influence Task Force, was named earlier this month by Republican attorneys general in Missouri and Louisiana as having been involved in Facebook’s briefing before its decision. to compress the Hunter Biden laptop story, and newly released documents show the FBI official is still involved in briefing private companies — including Twitter — on foreign influence challenges.
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Dehmlow was the key informant at a meeting of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) Cybersecurity Advisory Committee on March 1 with the “Protecting Critical Infrastructure from Misinformation and Disinformation Subcommittee,” documents obtained by the Intercept To display. Notes from him show that “the purpose of the meeting…was to receive a briefing” from Dehmlow “regarding the roles and responsibilities of the FBI in countering foreign influence.”
The briefing brought together senior executives from Twitter as well as JPMorgan Chase, the University of Washington, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and elements of the Department of Homeland Security.
“Mrs. Dehmlow was asked for her thoughts or set a goal for approaching MDM [misinformation and disinformation] and she mentioned “resilience”. She said we need a media infrastructure that is held accountable; we have to educate the population; and that today critical thinking seems to be an issue,” the leaked notes read.
Court documents filed in early October by GOP attorneys general note that Meta, Facebook’s parent company, “identified” the FBI’s Foreign Influence Task Force “supervised by Dehmlow” as well as the supervisory special agent of the San Francisco FBI, Elvis Chan “as implicated”. in communications between the FBI and Meta that led to Facebook’s removal of the Hunter Biden laptop story.
FBI Director Christopher Wray created the Foreign Influence Task Force in 2017 to “identify and counter malicious foreign influence operations targeting the United States.”
Rep. Jim Jordan, the most senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, and Rep. James Comer, the House’s top oversight Republican, sent a message in late August letter to Facebook demanding access to all communications between the company and the FBI as well as between anyone from the Biden campaign or the Democratic National Committee and anyone from Facebook connected to the Hunter Biden laptop stories.
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Comer also asked new Twitter owner Elon Musk to pass on similar information. Sens Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) sent his own letter to Zuckerberg in late August.
Zuckerberg had Told the Senate in October 2020 that “we have relied heavily on FBI intelligence and alerts through both their public testimony and their private briefings.”
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