Multi-level, compounding lies
#1 Step One: borderline correct, but blatantly misleading statement. (2/10 on lie scale)
Hunter Biden Laptop has ‘all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.’1
#2 Step Two: slightly misquote it, an innocent simplification and omission (1/10 on a lie scale)
all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.
#3 Three: Result is a total lie, a totally false statement (10/10 on lie scale)
Laptop ‘ is a Russian information operation, as confirmed by 51 top intelligence officials.
- Multi–Level coverup – Compounded repression –
- Black crime much worse than statistics indicate
- Two minor lies add up, become a HUGE LIE. 2+1 = 10
The 50 secret service specialists said the Hunter Biden laptop stories “has all the hallmarks of a Russian disinformation campaign”2. Later they admitted that that their hedging “has all the hallmarks of” means they were not lying. They did not say “it IS Russian disinformation”. Deceptively, intentionally, manipulatively, they set up a weasel sentence, with the intent to mislead3.
The media, and then Vice President Biden, in person4, cited that report WITHOUT THE HEDGING, as a statement of fact. That was a misrepresentation of the 50-specialist-statement, but can be claimed as a misunderstanding or simplification.
Two minor deceptions add up to a HUGE LIE, likely enough to tilt the election5
In each of the steps we can … quantify Deception:
In Step #1, most will NOT parse “has all the hallmarks of” as highly relevant deception.
There are many similar examples to be found (&&&&CITE
Hunter Biden story is Russian disinfo, dozens of… – POLITICO : More than 50 former senior intelligence officials have signed on to a letter outlining their belief that the recent disclosure of emails allegedly belonging to Joe Biden’s son “has all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.”
Ex-Intel Official Who Signed Hunter Laptop… | ZeroHedge: A former deputy director for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) admitted that he knew a “significant portion” of Hunter Biden‘s laptop “had to be real,” but signed an October 2020 letter attacking the NY Post ‘s bombshell report anyway, the Post reports.
In 2020, weeks before the election that pitted current President Joe Biden against Donald Trump, 51 former intelligence officials signaled to the public that material from Hunter Biden’s laptop published in the New York Post had ‘all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation.’
The information on the laptop, which was not seen or reviewed by any of the intel officers prior to the signing of the letter, was not Russian disinformation and has since been vetted by most of the nation’s top outlets.
That, however, didn’t stop the officials from signing a letter that said the ”laptop op’ fits the bill, as the publication of the emails are [sic] clearly designed to discredit Biden … It is high time that Russia stops interfering in our democracy.’
Signees to the letter included former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
Hunter‘s laptop of course contained evidence of extensive international business dealings
Some polls show that up to 17% of people who voted for President Biden would not have if they