The Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a blunt and harsh response to the "Twitter Files," but refused to address the main claim alleged.
The central claim was that the bureau guided company employees to censor the New York Post‘s reporting on Hunter Biden's "laptop from hell."
The reporting on the "laptop from hell" was a series that appeared in the New York Post ahead of the 2020 election.
"The Bureau claimed the authentic emails released by Elon Musk 'show nothing more' than normal day-to-day operations of the agency, and that the release of the correspondences were 'conspiracy theorists' propagating 'misinformation with the sole purpose of attempting to discredit the agency.' The FBI did not specify in its response who it was referring to as 'conspiracy theorists,' nor did it provide any explanation of what materials were 'misinformation,'" reported Breitbart.
The full statement follows:
The correspondence between the FBI and Twitter show 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. It is unfortunate that conspiracy theorists and others are feeding the American public misinformation with the sole purpose of attempting to discredit the agency.
Emails released this week by Musk and reported by journalist Michael Shellenberger revealed that the censorship of the Post's reporting on the Biden family business scheme was an operation led by the FBI, in conjunction with Twitter. Shellenberger’s reporting revealed that federal agents 'discredited factual information about Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings both after and *before* The New York Post revealed the contents of his laptop on October 14, 2020' — working with top management at Twitter to censor and disparage the Post‘s reporting. Shellenberger’s reporting showed that the narrative that the Post‘s 2020 reporting was part of an alleged 'hack-and-leak' attack by 'Russia' was conceived by the FBI — a narrative that was also adopted by legacy media as justification for their refusal to broadcast the story," reported Breitbart.
"In its response, the FBI did not address any of the allegations from the Twitter Files reporting, only claiming that it represents 'examples of our traditional, longstanding and ongoing federal government and private sector engagements,'" according to Breitbart.