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21 Sep, 2021 23:08

Politico, which joined MSM chorus dismissing Hunter Biden laptop scoop as ‘Russian disinfo,’ confirms authenticity of key emails

Politico, which joined MSM chorus dismissing Hunter Biden laptop scoop as ‘Russian disinfo,’ confirms authenticity of key emails

With the US election long over, and news of the Biden family’s influence-peddling since censored, a Politico reporter’s new book has confirmed the veracity of emails previously said to have been the result of Russian interference.

Reporter Ben Schreckinger’s book ‘The Bidens: Inside the First Family’s Fifty-Year Rise to Power’, published on Tuesday, claimed a source who had independent access to emails from the US president’s son Hunter confirmed he had received two of the messages at the center of the New York Post’s influence-peddling scoop last October.

One of the messages allegedly came from Vadym Pozharsky, an adviser to Ukraine’s Burisma Holdings, who thanked the younger Biden in 2015 for getting him a meeting with Joe Biden. The other was a 2017 email from Hunter Biden’s business partner, James Gillar, which included the line “10 held by H for the big guy?” Another former partner said the phrase referred to Hunter Biden holding a 10% stake for his father in a deal involving China’s largest private energy firm.

Emails released by a Swedish government agency also matched some of the messages the Post found on Hunter Biden’s laptop after it was left at a Delaware repair shop, Schreckinger said, citing two other people who had correspondence with the president’s son.

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As Washington Free Beacon reporter Chuck Ross pointed out on Tuesday, however, conservative media outlets had confirmed the authenticity of the Hunter Biden emails long before Schreckinger’s book was published. The Daily Caller said a cyber-security expert had confirmed the laptop trove was authentic last October, so Schreckinger was 11 months late to the story.

But for such reporting to now come from Politico, which was among the mainstream-media outlets that had sought to squash the Post’s scoop as the presidential election approached, represents a sea change. Last fall, Politico called the story “Russian disinfo,” citing a letter signed by 50 former US intelligence agency officials. Those officials offered no evidence to support their claim, but pointed the finger at Moscow, saying, “Russia is trying to influence how Americans vote in this election.”

Twitter censored the Post’s reporting, citing its hacked-materials policy without any evidence that the laptop had actually been hacked. Not only was the Post’s account blocked for over two weeks, but users of the social media platform were prevented from sharing the article.

The Federal Election Commission ruled last week that the censorship wasn’t politically motivated and Twitter therefore hadn’t made an illegal in-kind contribution to Joe Biden’s campaign by doing his news-suppression bidding.

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Radio host Chris Stigall was among the many observers who pointed out that Politico was only acknowledging the veracity of the Biden emails after the political damage of censoring it had been done. “Journalism would have been helpful last year,” he said. “Politico quietly admits, yep, that Hunter Biden story was true.”

Commenters such as Newsmax correspondent Emerald Robinson speculated that the apparent flip-flop on the Post’s scoop suggests the president has fallen foul of mainstream media outlets. “It really means that left-wing corporate media are getting ready to turn on Biden in favor of Kamala (Harris),” Robinson said.

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