Devon Nunes’ memo explained Russiagate, accurately, as a fraud created by Hillary Clinton’s corrupt paid agents to stage a coup against her legitimately elected opponent.
It wasn’t released publicly. But people began asking for it to be released, using the “#ReleaseTheMemo” hashtag.
Serial liar, censor, and civil rights violator Adam Schiff as well as Diane Feinstein and Richard Blumenthal (and other Democratic congressmen) flooded the media with actual disinformation that the #ReleaseTheMemo hastag wasn’t being amplified by real Americans, but by “Russian bots.”
They had no evidence for this — just the claim of a fake “disinformation” organization called Hamilton 68, who themselves had no evidence for it. Twitter employees noted that Hamilton 68 never bothered to ever fact-check anything with them, never bothered to ask them about suspect accounts, never asked “Is this account based in Russia? Does it display bot behaviors?” No, Hamilton 68 just seemed to brand any ol’ account it didn’t approve of a “Russian Bot,” and the propaganda media accepted its evidence-free pronouncements as “expert” findings.
This is one of the more corrupt chapters of the Twitter Files. Even leftwing Twitter employees call Schiff and his goons “congressional trolls.” Trolls demanding censorship based on nothing but partisan spite.
@mtaibbi1.THREAD: Twitter Files #14
THE RUSSIAGATE LIES
One: The Fake Tale of Russian Bots and the #ReleaseTheMemo Hashtag
2.At a crucial moment in a years-long furor, Democrats denounced a report about flaws in the Trump-Russia investigation, saying it was boosted by Russian “bots” and “trolls.”
3.Twitter officials were aghast, finding no evidence of Russian influence:
“We are feeding congressional trolls.”
“Not any…significant activity connected to Russia.”
“Putting the cart before the horse assuming this is propaganda/bots.”
By “congressional trolls,” Twitter apparently meant… Adam Schiff and his ilk, who were simply lying about Russiagate.
4.Twitter warned politicians and media the not only lacked evidence, but had evidence the accounts weren’t Russian — and were roundly ignored.5.On January 18th, 2018, Republican Devin Nunes submitted a classified memo to the House Intel Committee detailing abuses by the FBI in obtaining FISA surveillance authority against Trump-connected figures, including the crucial role played by the infamous “Steele Dossier”[.]
6.The Nunes assertions would virtually all be verified in a report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz in December 2019.
Note that “8” is missing from his list.
9.On January 23rd, 2018, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) published an open letter saying the hashtag “gained the immediate attention and assistance of social media accounts linked to Russian influence operations.” pic.twitter.com/kOC3ab6mXS
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) January 12, 2023
9b. Feinstein/Schiff said the Nunes memo “distorts” classified information, but note they didn’t call it incorrect.
10.Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal followed suit, publishing a letter saying, “We find it reprehensible that Russian agents have so eagerly manipulated innocent Americans.”
11.Feinstein, Schiff, Blumenthal, and media members all pointed to the same source: the Hamilton 68 dashboard created by former FBI counterintelligence official Clint Watts, under the auspices of the Alliance for Securing Democracy (ASD).
12.The dashboard, which featured a crude picture of Vladimir Putin deviously blowing evil red Twitter birds into the atmosphere, was vague in how it reached its conclusions.
13.Inside Twitter, executives panned Watts, Hamilton 68, and the Alliance for Securing Democracy. Two key complaints: Hamilton 68 seemed to be everyone’s only source, and no one was checking with Twitter.
Many of these “disinformation” experts rely upon Mystery Box algorithms and methodologies that they refuse to disclose. They just state their highly partisan and very politically convenient conclusions, and assure everyone that they were produced with the utmost scientific and academic rigor.
It’s all a lie and all bullshit. The only reason that this obvious scam goes on is because no one in the media ever demands to see their homework, because of course the media is part of the con. They want the con to work.