Former Intelligence Officials: Hunter Biden Story is Classic Russian Disinformation
More than 50 former senior intelligence officials have issued a letter stating their belief that the Rupert Murdoch-promoted, Rudy Giuliani-peddled Hunter Biden email story “has all the classic earmarks of a Russian disinformation operation.”
The letter states in part: “We want to emphasize that we do not know if the emails … are genuine or not and that we do not have evidence of Russian involvement — just that our experience makes us deeply suspicious that the Russian government played a significant role in this case. If we are right, this is Russia trying to influence how Americans vote in this election, and we believe strongly that Americans need to be aware of this.”
The bipartisan group of former intelligence officials says such an operation would be consistent with Russian objectives to create political chaos in the U.S., deepen political divisions, undermine Joe Biden’s candidacy and help Donald Trump win reelection. A “laptop op fits the bill, as the publication of the emails are clearly designed to discredit Biden.”
Cosigners of the letter are an intelligence community who’s-who, including Jim Clapper, Michael Hayden, John Brennan and Jeremy Bash.
With the exception of the New York Post and Fox News, media outlets have been skeptical of story because of its origination with Giuliani. The former New York City mayor has met several times with a Ukrainian lawmaker, Andriy Derkach, who was identified last month by the Treasury Department as being a Russian agent for the past 10 years and interfering with the 2020 election. At a rally in Arizona Monday evening Trump said it is “criminal” that the story is not being more broadly reported and blasted Twitter and Facebook for blocking and removing posts about it.
Trump’s Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe on Monday denied that a laptop purportedly belonging to Hunter Biden and is part of an ongoing disinformation campaign by the Russian government to disrupt the presidential election. “Let me be clear,” Ratcliffe said. “The intelligence community doesn’t believe that because there is no intelligence that supports that.”