New shocking evidence that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was involved in helping solicited cosigners for the infamous letter claiming the explosive Hunter Biden laptop story as “Russian disinformation,” according to a report from the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government.
The letter was signed by 51 former intelligence officials, which threw shade on the truth of the laptop contents, and claimed it had “all the classic earmarks of Russian disinformation.”
The report states:
“One signer of the statement, former CIA analyst David Cariens, disclosed to the Committees that a CIA employee affiliated with the agency’s Prepublication Classification Review Board (‘PCRB’) informed him of the existence of the statement and asked if he would sign it. The Committees have requested additional material from the CIA, which has ignored the request to date.”
In a written statement, Cariens said the CIA, or at least one CIA employee, “may have helped in the effort to solicit signatures for the statement,” according to the report.
Cariens said that he spoke with the PCRB in October 2020 when the CIA employee “asked” him if he would sign the statement.
In a March 5 email sent by Cariens to Congressional investigators, he explained, “When the person in charge of reviewing the book called to say it was approved with no changes, I was told about the draft letter. The person asked me if I would be willing to sign. After hearing the letter’s contents and the qualifiers in it, such as, ‘We want to emphasize that we do not know if the emails provided to the New York Post by President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, are genuine or not and that we do not have evidence of Russian involvement….’ I agreed to sign.”
Cariens informed investigators that he had been “following the Hunter Biden laptop issue” and provided his past expertise, “I felt there was enough circumstantial evidence to raise the suspicion that Russian intelligence was involved.”
He also added that his wife, a former CIA employee, signed the letter claiming the Hunter Biden Laptop stry was “Russian disinformation.”
Cariens wrote to former CIA official Kristin Wood at 10:35 am on October 19, 2020, “Yes, I want to sign,” the report said.
The email came eight minutes after Wood sent out a distribution email soliciting signatures.
The PCRB had been in possession of the statement since 6:34 am on October 19, 2020, when former CIA acting director Mike Morell, who drafted the letter, sent the letter to the PCRB.
The PCRB reviews statements, books, and letters published by former intelligence officials to screen for potential classified information.
The PCRB acknowledged receipt of the letter on the same day at 7:11 am.
Morell said during his testimony that he did not coordinate with the CIA, and that such an action by a CIA employee would be “inappropriate.”
In an October 18, 2020, email to several former intelligence personnel, Morell requested signatures, stating the following:
“Marc and I drafted the attached because we believe the Russians were involved in some way in the Hunter Biden email issue and because we think Trump will attack Biden on the issue at this week’s debate, and we want to give the VP a talking point to use in response.”
“We would be honored if each of you would be willing to join us in signing the letter,” the report states.
Wood used Morell’s language in her email to several intelligence personnel the following day.
However, some former intelligence personnel refused to sign the letter’s first draft, which had two paragraphs detailing Biden’s relationship with Ukraine.
In one email, Morell wrote to former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Nick Rasmussen, “The last two paras are gone, as some folks thought them too political. Just Russia and intel now. Better.”
In another email dated October 18, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper wrote Morell offering “editorial advice to ‘strengthen the verbiage,'” according to the report.
“I have one editorial suggestion for the letter: I think it would strengthen the verbiage if you say this has all the classic earmarks of a Soviet/Russian information operation rather than the ‘feel’ of a Russian operation,” he wrote in the email.
The final draft of the letter was sent to the PCRB on October 19, 2020, at 6:34 am, stating, “This is a rush job, as it needs to get out as soon as possible.”
The panic had obviously set in.
He testified that he wanted the letter out “before the debate.”
According to the report, the PCRB appeared to have “approved … as written” the letter sometime before 5:51 pm.
Responding to a text message from Polymeropoulos, Morell texted that the PCRB “cleared” the statement.
“Great!” Polymeropoulos responded.
The report also notes that on March 21, 2023, the committee requested documents from the CIA relating to interactions between the CIA and the cosigners of the statement.
“The CIA has so far failed to comply with this oversight request,” the report states.
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