WH pick for spreading disinformation panel Lie on Hunter Biden’s laptop
I guess it takes one to know one?
President Biden’s choice to lead his Department of Homeland Security’s Big Brother-like disinformation governance council has its own history of publishing disinformation online.
Nina Jankowicz, who was a disinformation officer at the Wilson Center, repeatedly questioned the Post’s reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop.
During a series of live tweets during the presidential debate between Biden and Donald Trump in October 2020, Jankowicz had referenced the laptop.
“Back on ‘laptop from hell,’ apparently – Biden notes 50 ex-natsec officials and 5 ex-CIA heads who think laptop is a Russian influence operation,” Jankowicz tweeted.
“Trump says ‘Russia, Russia, Russia,'” she added.
Her tweet resurfaced immediately after it was revealed she had been named executive director of the new disinformation office on Wednesday – as conservatives called her a ‘radical leftist’ and expressed doubts about her ability to detect disinformation.
Jankowicz tried to brush off the controversy surrounding his old tweet on his laptop by saying, “For those who believe this tweet is the key to all my opinions, this is simply a direct quote from both candidates during the debate. final presidential. If you look at my timeline, you’ll see I was live-tweeting that night.
But the Russian disinformation expert had told The Associated Press just a week earlier that there were doubts the laptop even belonged to Hunter and that there were several red flags indicating that e- emails discovered from the device were legitimate.
“We should consider it a product of the Trump campaign,” Jankowicz said at the time.
Jankowicz also had tweeted a link to a news article in October 2020 which she says casts “even more doubt about the provenance of the NY Post’s Hunter Biden story.”
“Not to mention that emails don’t need to be edited to be part of an influencer campaign. Voters deserve this context, not a [fairy] story of a laptop repair shop,” she added in another tweet.
Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson called Jankowicz Wednesday a “beacon of misinformation” for her laptop firing – and accused her of “advancing the false media narrative” with her series of tweets.
Jankowicz, who has researched Russian disinformation tactics and online harassment, also previously praised Christopher Steele – the author of the since-discredited dossier against Trump.
In August 2020, Jankowicz tweeted about the former British spy’s appearance on the Infotagion podcast, writing: “Listened to last night – Chris Steele (yes THAT Chris Steele) provides great historical context on the evolution of misinformation. It’s worth listening to.
Steele’s bogus dossier, which sparked the investigation into whether former President Donald Trump or his campaign colluded with Russians in the 2016 election, was ultimately debunked by Special Counsel Robert’s investigation. Mueller.
More recently, Jankowicz raised concerns that Elon Musk could take over Twitter.
“I shudder to think that if free speech absolutists took over more platforms, what would it look like for marginalized communities,” she said in an interview with NPR ahead of the emergence. of Musk’s buyout deal.
Since then, Tesla’s billionaire CEO has pledged to make it a haven for free speech.
Republican Senator Josh Hawley from Missouri seized on Jankowicz’s free speech tweet, Tweeter“The Biden administration’s new anti-speech czar apparently isn’t a fan of Twitter’s @elonmusk acquisition. He’s the person Joe Biden just handed over to America’s Speech Police. Use the power of government.
Jankowicz and DHS did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki did not comment when asked about Jankowicz’s ability to lead the disinformation committee at Thursday’s press conference.
“I have no comment on the laptop…And I don’t know who this individual is, so I have no comment specifically on that,” Psaki told reporters.
Additional reporting by Steven Nelson