by Sharon Rondeau

(Dec. 24, 2022) — On Saturday, Matt Taibbi, one of the journalists selected by new Twitter CEO Elon Musk to release the “Twitter Files” revealing the company’s decisions to suspend and “shadowban” certain accounts which it found objectionable as well as to take direction from the FBI and CENTCOM, posted a new “thread” addressing an FBI statement issued Wednesday and further expanding on previous revelations.

On January 8, 2021, then-sitting President Donald J. Trump’s account was suspended permanently despite Twitter executives agreeing he violated no company policies.

Taibbi’s new report follows eight previous “Twitter Files” editions he and journalists Lee Fang, Bari Weiss and Michael Shellenberger produced beginning December 2 after Musk provided them access to Twitter archives in existence before his acquisition of the company in late October. According to Musk, his $44 billion purchase of the San Francisco-based company revealed a “crime scene.”

Taibbi’s new’s report, issued at 12:20 p.m. EST, is subtitled, “TWITTER AND ‘OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES.'”

In its response to the “Twitter Files,” the FBI denounced “conspiracy theorists and others…feeding the American public misinformation with the sole purpose of attempting to discredit the agency.”

The statement was reported by Fox News and The New York Post and included the agency’s assertion that “The correspondence between the FBI and Twitter show [sic] nothing more than examples of our traditional, longstanding and ongoing federal government and private sector engagements, which involve numerous companies over multiple sectors and industries.”

“As evidenced in the correspondence, the FBI provides critical information to the private sector in an effort to allow them to protect themselves and their customers…The men and women of the FBI work every day to protect the American public…” the statement continues.

As Taibbi noted, while pointing the finger at alleged “conspiracy theorists,” the FBI did not deny “Twitter Files” reporting, which revealed frequent and ongoing communications and in-person meetings between the Bureau and high-level Twitter employees; the existence of a secure portal where the FBI could submit messages and attachments; and the establishing of “temporary Top Secret security clearances” for Twitter employees, chosen by Twitter itself, to enable them to receive “information about threats to the upcoming elections.”

“They must think us unambitious, if our ‘sole aim’ is to discredit the FBI,” Taibbi wrote in his third tweet in the series. “After all, a whole range of government agencies discredit themselves in the #TwitterFiles. Why stop with one?”

In the next three tweets, Taibbi described a larger “operation” involving contact between numerous government agencies and social-media platforms, with “the FBI acting as doorman.” The “operation,” Taibbi wrote, is “far bigger than the reported 80 members of the Foreign Influence Task Force (FITF),” which Taibbi reported in a December 16 release as having “swelled to 80 agents and corresponded with Twitter to identify alleged foreign influence and election tampering of all kinds.”

“Twitter had so much contact with so many agencies that executives lost track,” Taibbi wrote, accompanied by two screenshots showing an email in which a Twitter employee was apparently asking for clarification as to which government agency was under discussion. “Is today the DOD, and tomorrow the FBI?” Taibbi wrote. “Is it the weekly call, or the monthly meeting? It was dizzying.”

“The end result,” Taibbi reported, “was that thousands of official ‘reports’ flowed to Twitter from all over, through the FITF and the FBI’s San Francisco field office.”

As Taibbi reported earlier, Elvis Chan of the San Francisco FBI office was a main conduit of information to Twitter and even questioned the company’s judgment when it appeared to him Twitter “had not observed much recent activity from official propaganda actors on [the] platform.”

Chan was on a first-name basis with Twitter attorney Stacia Cardille as evidenced by an email dated June 29, 2020.

Cardille worked directly under former FBI General Counsel James Baker, who began working at Twitter as a lead attorney on June 16, 2020, approximately five months before the presidential election.

In October 2020, Twitter censored a story by The New York Post about a laptop computer belonging to Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s son, as well as suspended the paper’s account for 16 days, alleging the story violated its “hacked materials” policy.

The Post‘s reporting on the laptop was wholly accurate, Shellenberger reported in Twitter Files 7, a fact both The New York Times and Washington Post belatedly recognized.

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  1. There is not a single government agency that can be trusted with the American citizens faith or trust. All effort should be destined to correcting and exposing this corrupt voting system and corrupt justice system. We have no law enforcement and no proper judicial system and this falls within the Republican Party as well. There are but a handful of true patriots in Congress and the Senate that get it. The rest under Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy lie outside in their Godless ethos without any respect for the people in this country and we know it.