Hunter Biden's laptop got him convicted. Intel officials who called it Russian disinfo remain unapologetic.

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Hunter Biden was convicted today in part owing to the verified contents of his laptop, which the New York Post reported on before the 2020 election.

A cabal of former U.S. intelligence officials released an open letter on Oct. 19, 2020, regarding the Post's Oct. 14 report about the discovery and damning contents of Hunter Biden's laptop, which the FBI had "verified" one year earlier.

Among the 51 signatories of the letter were:

  • James Clapper, former director of national intelligence under Democratic President Barack Obama;
  • Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA under Obama;
  • Leon Panetta, former secretary of defense under Obama and CIA director;
  • John Brennan, former CIA director under Obama;
  • Glenn S. Gerstell, former general counsel for the National Security Agency;
  • Richard H. Ledgett Jr., former deputy director of the NSA;
  • Jeremy Bash, the former chief of staff both of the CIA and the Department of Defense; and
  • Michael Morell, former acting director of the CIA.

Their letter asserted that the Hunter Biden laptop story was likely a thing of Slavic fantasy — that the story had "all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation."

While Clapper, Brennan, and the other 49 so-called experts were willing to admit in the letter to both not knowing whether the Hunter Biden emails provided to the New York Post were "genuine" and having no "evidence of Russian involvement," they nevertheless suggested a "laptop op" designed "to discredit Biden ... would be consistent with some of the key methods Russia has used in its now multi-year operation to interfere in our democracy."

The letter was framed thusly by Politico and left uncorrected by the signatories: "Hunter Biden story is Russian disinfo, dozens of former intel officials say."

According to the House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, then-senior Biden campaign adviser and now-Secretary of State Antony Blinken got the ball rolling on this misleading and election-influencing letter. The letter was allegedly drafted with the aim of setting the narrative before the Oct. 22, 2020, presidential debate, wherein Biden ultimately used it to great effect. Blinken later denied conceiving of or soliciting signatures for the letter.

Even though the story was undermined by the letter and censored online, the laptop was real all along, and its contents — like those of Ashley Biden's troubling diary — were as authentic as they were incriminating. FBI Special Agent Erika Jensen made this especially clear in court last week.

'51 intelligence agents, that phony story. Remember?'

Former President Donald Trump recently suggested that the 51 officials who leveraged their perceived credibility and former status to shield Biden from the truth may soon face a comeuppance.

Trump was recently discussing false narratives spread by the Biden camp and broached the subject of the Hunter Biden laptop story.

"51 intelligence agents, that phony story. Remember? 'The laptop from Russia,' they said. And they should be prosecuted for what they did, okay?" said Trump. "Let's see what happens.

Ahead of Hunter Biden's criminal conviction, Fox News Digital reached out to the signatories of the October 2020 letter, asking whether they regretting misleading the nation. While some of the election-swaying former officials flatly say no, as in the case of Clapper, others doubled down.

Mark S. Zaid, an attorney representing Ronald Marks, Marc Polymeropoulos, Douglas Wise, Paul Kolbe, John Sipher, Emile Nakhleh, and Gerald O’Shea, suggested the letter was important and signing it was "patriotic."

Zaid even suggested that criticism of the letter amounted to disinformation but did not go so far as to pin blame on Russia.

"There continues to be by many a calculated or woefully ignorant interpretation of the October 2020 letter signed by fifty-one former intelligence officials concerning Hunter Biden's laptop," Zaid told Fox.

"A careful and objective reading of the document reflects that even today its content is accurate. It served as nothing more than a warning letter of what we have known for decades: certain foreign governments — including Russia — continue to try and actively interfere in our domestic affairs and our guard must remain vigilant. Every patriotic American should have signed that letter," added Zaid.

Signatory Greg Treverton, former chair of the National Intelligence Council, said, "What we said was true, we were inferring from our experience, and it did look like a Russian operation. We didn't, and couldn't of course say it was a Russian operation. Enough said."

Michael Hayden, who intimated late last year that Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Al.) should be removed from the human race, simply hung up the phone and dodged subsequent requests for comment.

The Post noted that Panetta defended the letter in July 2023, saying he had no regrets about signing it.

"I signed that letter for one reason, which was to make the American people aware that the Russians deliberately were engaged in a disinformation campaign in the United States and trying to impact on our election and trying to impact on our ability to have free and fair elections," Panetta told CNN.

Concerning the letter's additional spin in Politico, Zaid told the Post, "With respect to the Politico story, had I been representing my clients at the time I would have certainly asked for them to modify their headline as it is too categorically and broadly asserted a conclusion that the letter did not."

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Anonymous intelligence officer says he likes crossdressing, claims it made him 'A BETTER OFFICER'

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An anonymous intelligence officer wrote that he likes wearing women's apparel and believes crossdressing has turned him into "A BETTER OFFICER," according to a piece in "The Dive" magazine obtained by the Daily Wire via a Freedom of Information Act request.

"I am an intelligence officer, and I am a man who likes to wear women's clothes sometimes. I think my experiences as someone who crossdresses have sharpened the skills I use as an intelligence officer, particularly critical thinking and perspective-taking," the individual wrote in the piece. "I think of my gender identity as fixed," he noted, adding, "and male, even though I like to wear dresses sometimes."

He claimed that his penchant for wearing women's clothing has made him a better officer in various ways.

"I'm better now at understanding foreign actors," the man asserted. "I'm better at understanding clandestine assets and their motivations."

"I'm more aware of, and hopefully supporting, my women colleagues," he claimed. "I know firsthand how wearing heels can make your feet hurt and make it take longer to walk somewhere. Although I like wearing a bra, I know it isn't comfortable for everyone, and is less comfortable after a few hours."

He noted that his crossdressing is distracting for people but suggested that this should not be the case.

"Every IC resource I found on dress codes suggests that dressing professionally, in any clothing, is the goal, so your clothes do not distract from what you're trying to do. When I crossdress, it still distracts people, even though it is professional. It is my hope that we can learn to accept a wider range of gender identities and expressions. Let's choose ... to not to be distracted by what other people wear, to accept them, and get on with our vital work," he wrote.

According to the Daily Wire, a spokesperson for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence noted, "The IC Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (IC DEIA) Office manages the IC's efforts to build a diverse and inclusive workforce, and as part of their work, they distribute The Dive, a quarterly magazine, to each IC element's DEIA office and/or Equal Employment Opportunity office."

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Former intelligence officials among the cabal of Russiagate hoaxers who sought to discredit the New York Post's damning Hunter Biden laptop story ahead of the 2020 election are now begging Congress to reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

The former officials' history of misleading the American people has prompted critics to doubt the value of their latest recommendation.

On Monday, 46 former intelligence officials signed a letter to the House speaker, majority leader, and minority leader, pleading for them to renew Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Additionally, they denounced Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs' Protect Liberty and End Warrantless Surveillance Act, which would reform Section 702 and require a warrant for all U.S. person searches.

Section 702 of FISA enables the government to spy on non-Americans without first obtaining a warrant. The FBI admitted earlier this year to using Section 702 to target American citizens roughly 278,000 times in 2021 alone. This law was also exploited by the FBI to spy on members of the Trump campaign in 2016 without probable cause.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) indicated in a Blaze News piece this week that "backdoor searches under FISA 702 are carried out without any of the safeguards created to protect life, liberty, and property from the kind of harm that an unrestrained government is uniquely capable of inflicting."

Among the signatories of the Dec. 11 letter calling for the renewal of Section 702 through the National Defense Authorization Act were:

  • James Clapper, former director of national intelligence under Obama;
  • Glenn S. Gerstell, former general counsel for the National Security Agency;
  • Richard H. Ledgett Jr., former deputy director of the NSA;
  • Jeremy Bash, the former chief of staff both of the CIA and the Department of Defense; and
  • Michael Morell, former acting director of the CIA.

These individuals also happened to sign the Oct. 19, 2020, letter entitled, "Public Statement on the Hunter Biden Emails."

Their 2020 letter asserted that the Hunter Biden laptop story and the evidence it discussed were likely all an utter fabrication — that the story had "all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation."

While willing to admit in the letter to not knowing whether the Hunter Biden emails provided to the New York Post were "genuine" and having no "evidence of Russian involvement," Clapper and his cosignatories suggested a "laptop op" designed "to discredit Biden ... would be consistent with some of the key methods Russia has used in its now multi-year operation to interfere in our democracy."

Then-candidate Joe Biden used the misleading letter to great effect, referencing it in the final presidential debate with former President Donald Trump on Oct. 22, 2020.

Contrary to the expert opinion of the intelligence partisans, the Hunter Biden laptop and its contents — allegedly verified by the FBI as early as 2019 — were ultimately recognized by the Washington Post, New York Times, and other mainstream outfits as real and as the property of the first son. However, this inadvertent acknowledgment that the former intelligence officials were hacks did not occur until well after Biden secured the White House.

While five of the Russiagate hoaxers, evidently unashamed of their last epistolary collaboration, certainly signed the pro-FISA imploration to Congress, there may be greater overlap among the signatories, as the infamous "intel" letter was also supported by nine unnamed former intelligence community officers.

Their Dec. 11 letter asserts that "Section 702 saves American lives and helps keep Americans safe from international terrorist attacks, foreign cyberattacks, overseas fentanyl suppliers, and other threats to our national security."

The letter denounces Biggs' proposed reforms to Section 702, suggesting they would "prohibit queries that have kept our nation safe"; "undermine cybersecurity efforts"; and grant "unprecedented rights to foreigners."

The Protect Liberty and End Warrantless Surveillance Act, introduced on Dec. 4, has strong bipartisan support.

"Substantial reforms to FISA are long overdue, and we commend Chairman Biggs for his steadfast commitment to reining in unchecked surveillance of Americans," said House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).

Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler (N.Y.) said, "No government agency or surveillance program is free to evade the requirements of the Fourth Amendment, and Section 702 as it currently exists does just that. This sweeping, bipartisan package of reforms aims to bring these programs back in line with our values and also keep Americans safe from those who seek to do us harm."

"This legislation prohibits the government from purchasing Americans' data from big tech companies without a search warrant and adds needed warrant requirements to Section 702 of FISA. Our Constitution is not for sale and the right to privacy must be protected," said Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio).

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