Three former intelligence officials who falsely tried to discredit the infamous Hunter Biden laptop story as Russian disinformation have been appointed to a new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ‘Experts Group.’
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced the formation of the Homeland Intelligence Experts Group, which will meet four times annually, Tuesday.
The group, comprised of ex-intelligence officials, journalists, and human and civil rights advocates, will consult the DHS on threats foreign and domestic including domestic violent extremists, cyber criminals, drug-trafficking cartels, and other transnational criminal organizations.
“The security of the American people depends on our capacity to collect, generate, and disseminate actionable intelligence to our federal, state, local, territorial, tribal, campus, and private sector partners,” Mayorkas said in a statement. “I express my deep gratitude to these distinguished individuals for dedicating their exceptional expertise, experience, and vision to our critical mission.”
Three of the 17 expert appointees — former CIA director John Brennan, former National Intelligence Director James Clapper, and former CIA senior operations officer Paul Kolbe — were also three of the 51 former intelligence officials that signed an October 2020 letter falsely claiming that the New York Post’s expose on the Hunter Biden laptop had “all the earmarks of a Russian information campaign.”
Shortly after the Post published its story, social media companies such as Twitter (now X), and Facebook throttled the story, preventing it from being posted and shared in messages.
Testimony from the House Judiciary Committee revealed that the FBI allegedly knew that the Hunter Biden laptop was real before the New York Post story was published, but refused to share that information with social media executives.
Internal documents shared in December of last year by independent journalist Michael Shellenberger as part of the “Twitter Files” the FBI was in communication with Twitter executives in order to discredit and suppress the Hunter Biden laptop story prior to the post publishing its story.
There has been no evidence that the laptop contained large amounts of Russian disinformation, and an independent review by computer forensics experts of the laptop’s data commissioned by CBS news in 2022 showed no evidence of tampering or fabrication.