Disinformation chief Nina Jankowicz addresses Hunter Biden’s laptop remarks

President Joe Biden’s choice to lead the Department of Homeland Security’s new Disinformation Governance Council responded to a previous statement she made about the Hunter Biden laptop controversy.

Nina Jankowicz, who was a disinformation officer at the Wilson Center, had questioned The New York Postreport of the laptop that allegedly belonged to President Biden’s son.

conservative news outlets, including The Washington Examiner pointed to Jankowicz’s comments about the laptop story and suggested she had been spreading misinformation.

Nina Jankowicz will lead the Department of Homeland Security’s new Disinformation Governance Council. She took to Twitter to respond to earlier remarks about a laptop believed to belong to Hunter Biden.
The Wilson Center

Jankowicz tweeted during the presidential debate between Biden and former President Donald Trump that took place on October 22, 2020 and referenced the laptop.

“Back to ‘laptop from hell,’ apparently – Biden notes 50 ex-natsec officials and 5 ex-CIA heads who believe the laptop is a Russian influence operation,” Jankowicz said .

“Trump says ‘Russia, Russia, Russia,'” she said.

On Wednesday, Jankowicz retweeted this tweet from 2020, apparently in response to criticism, and said, “For those who think this tweet is the key to all my opinions, this is just a direct quote from both candidates during of the final presidential debate. If you look at my timeline, you’ll see I was live-tweeting that night.”

Biden was referring to a Politics article on a letter signed by dozens of intelligence officials who said the Hunter Biden story appeared to be a Russian disinformation operation.

Jankowicz also shared a link to ballotpedia.org on the debate. This page contained a link to a transcript and YouTube video of the debate.

Jankowicz had spoken to The Associated Press for an article published on October 15, 2020 and reportedly said there were questions about whether the laptop belonged to Hunter Biden.

“We should consider him a product of the Trump campaign,” Jankowicz said at the time, pointing to the involvement of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Trump associate Steve Bannon.

On October 22, 2020, Jankowicz shared a post on Twitter that she described as “casting even more doubt on the provenance of the Hunter Biden NY Post story” and said in another tweet that day: “Emails don’t need to be changed. be part of an influence campaign. Voters deserve this context, not a [fairy] story of a laptop repair shop.”

On March 16, 2021, Jankowicz shared a report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and wrote in a Twitter thread that the intelligence community “has a high degree of confidence that the Kremlin used proxies to pushing narratives of influence, including misleading or unsubstantiated claims about President Biden.”

However, this report did not specifically refer to the laptop.

Newsweek asked the White House for comment.

There has been significant controversy over the history of the laptop during the 2020 presidential election and questions over the authenticity of emails allegedly found on the computer.

Some Republicans had suggested the laptop pointed to evidence of wrongdoing by Hunter Biden in his foreign business dealings that could also have implicated Joe Biden, while some Democrats dismissed it as a possible disinformation operation by Russia.

Twitter and Facebook temporarily restricted story sharing on the laptop at the end of 2020 over fears the emails were the product of a hack.

The laptop was one of three dropped off at a Delaware repair shop run by John Paul Mac Isaac in 2019, but was never picked up at the store. Mac Isaac, who was reportedly a Trump supporter, reviewed the contents of the laptop and found some of them to be outrageous.

He contacted authorities but also provided a hard drive containing the contents of the laptop to Robert Costello, lawyer for Rudy Giuliani, who shared it with The New York Post as well as other Trump supporters, including Steve Bannon.

The New York Times and The Washington Post were later able to verify some, but not all, of the emails, as no evidence emerged that the laptop was part of a Russian operation and controversy continued over this.


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