I doubt you could have missed this recent hullabaloo about Hunter Biden’s supposed emails that have been spread far and wide by the Right Wing media.
It is no exaggeration to say that the conservative media types were in a frenzy over this story, and they even attacked Twitter and Facebook for refusing to allow their platforms to be used to spread, which was clearly misinformation.
Here is how the Washington Post responded to the story:
The Washington Post was unable to verify the authenticity of the alleged communications, which concern Hunter Biden’s business dealings in Ukraine and China.
Well, that was diplomatic.
In a nutshell, Rudy Giuliani and Stephen Bannon were claiming that they received these emails that were found on a broken laptop supposedly owned by Hunter Biden and retrieved by a guy who owns a computer repair shop in Delaware. (The guy also claims he has no proof the laptop was Biden’s and that nobody ever came back to retrieve it.)
Anyhow the first story was posted over at the New York Post and from there it spread like wildfire.
However, here’s the thing.
Courtesy of WaPo:
U.S. intelligence agencies warned the White House last year that President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani was the target of an influence operation by Russian intelligence, according to four former officials familiar with the matter.
The warnings were based on multiple sources, including intercepted communications, that showed Giuliani was interacting with people tied to Russian intelligence during a December 2019 trip to Ukraine, where he was gathering information that he thought would expose corrupt acts by former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
The intelligence raised concerns that Giuliani was being used to feed Russian misinformation to the president, the former officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive information and conversations.
The warnings to the White House, which have not previously been reported, led national security adviser Robert O’Brien to caution Trump in a private conversation that any information Giuliani brought back from Ukraine should be considered contaminated by Russia, one of the former officials said.
The message was, “Do what you want to do, but your friend Rudy has been worked by Russian assets in Ukraine,” this person said. Officials wanted “to protect the president from coming out and saying something stupid,” particularly since he was facing impeachment over his own efforts to strong-arm Ukraine’s president into investigating the Bidens.
But O’Brien emerged from the meeting uncertain whether he had gotten through to the president. Trump had “shrugged his shoulders” at O’Brien’s warning, the former official said, and dismissed concern about his lawyer’s activities by saying, “That’s Rudy.”
Well, we know that O’Brien did not get through to Trump who was quick to help spread the false story.
Twitter Shuts Down Entire Network To Slow Spread Of Negative Biden News https://t.co/JPmjOrKPcr via @TheBabylonBee Wow, this has never been done in history. This includes his really bad interview last night. Why is Twitter doing this. Bringing more attention to Sleepy Joe & Big T
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2020
By the way that is as a tweet from a satirical website, it was not supposed to be taken seriously.
So to be clear Trump was warned that Giuliani was being used by the Russians to spread a false story about Joe Biden, even before he had it published, and STILL, Trump promoted it as if it was not Russian propaganda.
Anybody still confused as to just who Donald Trump is working for?