The New York Post Editorial Board slammed former senior intelligence officials who signed a letter prior to the 2020 election suggesting the Hunter Biden laptop story was ‘Russian disinformation.’
In a column published late last week, the Board notes that none of the 51 individuals who signed the letter have apologized.
“More than a year later, even after their Deep State sabotage has been shown again and again to be a lie, they refuse to own up to how they undermined an election,” the op-ed reads.
“The 51 former ‘intelligence’ officials who cast doubt on The Post’s Hunter Biden laptop stories in a public letter really were just desperate to get Joe Biden elected president,” they add.
‘Intelligence’ experts refuse to apologize for smearing Hunter Biden story https://t.co/owlkCEqh2c
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) March 19, 2022
In a letter signed by over 50 intelligence officials published just weeks before the election, the authors admitted they “do not know if the emails [on Hunter Biden’s laptop] … are genuine” and that they “do not have evidence of Russian involvement.”
They published the letter regardless, essentially citing a hunch.
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“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,” they said of the New York Post’s story regarding the laptop.
They destroyed their reputations by signing this letter and then not recanting for 16 months and counting. Some of these people appear to this day on CNN and MSNBC as esteemed experts on the war in Ukraine. The least they should do is declare a conflict of interest. pic.twitter.com/36ituz51MU
— Miranda Devine (@mirandadevine) March 17, 2022
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and former CIA Directors Mike Hayden, John Brennan, and Leon Panetta, all signed the letter.
The Post points out that the letter was used by both media and Democrats as evidence that the Hunter Biden laptop story was false, and anyone who dared to argue otherwise was censored by social media outlets.
The mainstream media also ran a blackout of sorts on the very relevant news.
BREAKING: Psaki is asked if she will admit that the Hunter Biden Laptop is real and not “Russian Disinformation” — She did not like this question. pic.twitter.com/4Zu6nAJMdZ
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) December 6, 2021
No Apology Forthcoming
Now that the New York Times has casually admitted that there’s something to all this, there has been no comeuppance by the media or these intelligence officials.
In fact, the New York Post claims they reached out to every official on the letter but “most would not answer.”
“No remorse. No shame. And no apologies,” they wrote.
Clapper, in fact, doubled down that signing the letter was the right thing to do.
“Yes, I stand by the statement made AT THE TIME, and would call attention to its 5th paragraph. I think sounding such a cautionary note AT THE TIME was appropriate,” he told the Post.
Spies who lie: The @nypost contacted the senior ex-intelligence officials who signed the shameful 2020 letter declaring Hunter Biden’s laptop and its emails we ran were Russian disinformation. Not one apologized. Most refused to comment. A few like James Clapper doubled down pic.twitter.com/EVYBXun02K
— Miranda Devine (@mirandadevine) March 19, 2022
Clapper somehow managed to avoid perjury charges after he stated in an open session of the Senate Intelligence Committee on March 12, 2013, that the intelligence community never knowingly gathered information and data on Americans.
Richard Grenell, former Acting Director of National Intelligence, has called for a Senate investigation into the former senior intelligence officials who signed the letter.
“A Republican Senate MUST hold hearings with all 50 of the people who signed that letter 3 weeks before the 2020 campaign,” he said. “They all said Hunter Biden’s laptop was Russian disinformation. And they didn’t have a single piece of intel to suggest it.”
A Republican Senate MUST hold hearings with all 50 of the people who signed that letter 3 weeks before the 2020 campaign. They all said Hunter Biden’s laptop was Russian disinformation. And they didn’t have a single piece of intel to suggest it.
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) March 17, 2022
Grenell posted a follow-up message demanding: “Hold people accountable for manipulating intelligence for political gain!”
“They peddled online disinformation to sway an election,” the Post adds.