Ex-top intelligence officer Douglas Wise knew Hunter Biden laptop ‘had to be real’ but signed ‘disinfo’ letter

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WASHINGTON — A former top intelligence official who signed a letter attacking The Post’s 2020 bombshell and reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop, as Russian disinformation has now admitted he knew a “significant portion” of the recovered files “really had to are” – but doesn’t I don’t regret turning down the exposé.

Douglas Wise, a former deputy director of Defense Intelligence, was one of 51 former intelligence officers who published the public letter on Oct. 19, 2020 — five days after The Post began a series of reports on the now-prime’s shady foreign affairs. son .

“We all thought a significant amount of that content had to be real for Russian disinformation to be credible,” said Wise – who did not respond when The Post asked for an explanation in March last year, but found his tongue speaking to The Australian.

The October 19 letter — whose signatories included former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, former director of national intelligence James Clapper and former CIA director John Brennan — went out of its way to cast doubt on the legitimacy of The Post’s scoop. , devoting five paragraphs to explaining “factors that make us suspicious of Russian involvement” while slipping the caveat that “we don’t know if the emails…are genuine or not and…we have no evidence of Russian involvement.”

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One of the intelligence community officials who signed a letter calling The Post’s coverage on Hunter Biden’s laptop “Russian disinformation” now admits he believed the files were genuine.
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Douglas Wise, a former deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said in an interview that the signatories all thought: "significant portion of that content had to be genuine."
Douglas Wise, a former deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said in an interview that the signatories all thought a “significant portion of that content must be real.”

The letter was picked up by Politico, who ran a story about it under the headline, “Hunter Biden story is Russian disinfo, dozens of former intelligence officials say.”

In turn, the letter’s statement that the recovered laptop “has all the classic hallmarks of a Russian intelligence operation” was used by Joe Biden’s presidential campaign and other media outlets to fuel outrage over Facebook and Twitter’s suppression of the story. to push.

Since then, the information recovered from the laptop has been belatedly confirmed by the likes of the New York Times, Washington Post, and TBEN News, all of whom only acknowledged the computer’s contents as authentic last year.

Wise and 50 other intelligence officials released the public letter five days after The Post's laptop series of reports began.
Wise and 50 other intelligence officials released the public letter five days after The Post’s laptop series of reports began.

“The letter said it was typical of Russian deceit and that we should consider that as a possibility,” Wise told The Australian. “It didn’t say Hunter Biden was a good guy, it didn’t say what he did was right and it wasn’t exculpatory, it was just a warning letter.”

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In fact, the letter referred to “[o]our view that the Russians are involved in the Hunter Biden email issue” and concluded with the message: “It is high time Russia stopped interfering in our democracy.”

Despite the black-and-white statements in the letter, Wise — now retired from government service and listed on his LinkedIn page as the sole owner of New Mexico-based Southwest National Security Consultants LLC — insists that his critics, “whether they are from the conservative journalistic community, conservative politicians or just far-right extremists, they have not paid any attention to the content.”

Wise said he does not regret signing the controversial letter on Hunter Biden's laptop.
Wise said he does not regret signing the controversial letter on Hunter Biden’s laptop.

“I don’t regret signing it because context is important,” he added. “To remind [former Mayor and Trump lawyer Rudy] Giuliani had just been to Ukraine to dig up evidence on the Bidens and he met with a well-known Russian intelligence official” – a clear reference to pro-Moscow Ukrainian politician Andriy Derkach.

Wise further added speculation that the laptop’s “chain of custody” left it open to modification.

“Russians or even ill-meaning conservative elements could have planted things in it,” he said.

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The House Oversight Committee has launched an investigation into Hunter Biden's business dealings.
The House Oversight Committee has launched an investigation into Hunter Biden’s business dealings.
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The laptop was left behind by Hunter Biden at a repair shop in Delaware in April 2019. After store owner John Paul Mac Isaac took possession of the laptop and examined its contents, he alerted the FBI, who seized the computer and hard drive in December.

After not hearing from investigators, Mac Isaac gave a copy of the hard drive to Giuliani’s attorney, Robert Costello. Giuliani himself handed over a copy of the laptop to The Post on October 11, 2020 – three days before the first report was published.

Wise spoke out a week after the new Republican-controlled House of Representatives created the federal government’s Select Subcommittee on Armaments, which is expected to investigate the ordeal as part of its mission to investigate improper ties between intelligence agencies and social media platforms in the wake of revelations that the FBI pressured Twitter to censor the Hunter Biden story.

It also came after the House Oversight Committee launched an investigation last week into the Biden family’s business dealings — an initiative inspired in part by the Post’s report.

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