A former intelligence official who signed onto the infamous letter claiming Hunter Biden‘s laptop had the markings of Russian disinformation now says a ‘significant portion’ of the documents found ‘had to be real.’
Still, Douglas Wise, a former Defense Intelligence Agency deputy director, told The Australian he did not regret signing on to the October 2020 letter of 51 former intelligence officials doubting the authenticity of the laptop.
Wise explained: ‘All of us figured that a significant portion of that content had to be real to make any Russian disinformation credible.’
He also said he was ‘not surprised’ when the laptop, which Hunter had left at a Delaware repair shop before the owner turned it over to the FBI and Donald Trump‘s then-lawyer Rudy Giuliani, was authenticated.
DailyMail.com authenticated the laptop in 2021, mainstream outlets like CBS, the Washington Post and the New York Times followed suit in 2022.
Douglas Wise, a former Defense Intelligence Agency deputy director, told The Australian he did not regret signing on to the October 2020 letter of 51 former intelligence officials doubting the authenticity of the laptop.
The first son’s laptop contained lewd photos documenting his drug-fueled benders, details of his shady international business dealings and emails where Hunter appeared to be selling access to his then-vice president father. Above is Joe Biden, Beau Biden – Hunter’s son – and Hunter on July 4, 2022
Wise downplayed the influence of the letter, which the White House at the time touted and used as cover to play up the possibility the laptop could be the work of the Russians.
‘The letter said it had the earmarks of Russian deceit and we should consider that as a possibility; it did not 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 cautionary letter.’
He went on: ‘I don’t regret signing it because the context is important.’
‘Remember Giuliani had just been in Ukraine trying to dig up evidence on the Bidens and he met with a known Russian intelligence official,’ he said, apparently referring to pro-Moscow Ukrainian politician Andriy Derkach.
The letter came five days after the New York Post first reported on the laptop’s contents, which contained lewd photos documenting Hunter’s drug-fueled benders, details of his shady international business dealings and emails where Hunter appeared to be selling access to his then-vice president father.
Wise added that the laptop’s ‘chain of custody’ could have left it open to being compromised.
‘Russians or even ill-intended conservative elements could have planted stuff in there,’ he said.
The letter, also signed by former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, former Director of National intelligence James Clapper, and former CIA Director John Brennan, said there are ‘factors that make us suspicious of Russian involvement.’
‘The arrival on the US political scene of emails purportedly belonging to Vice President Biden’s son Hunter, much of it related to his time serving on the Board of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma, has all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation,’ the two-page letter read.
One of the photos found on Hunter Biden’s laptop
Images such as above were found on the laptop after Hunter left it at a Delaware computer repair shop
Hunter Biden’s search history reveals an obsession with porn including incest fantasies, ’18yrs old’, ‘lonely widow’ porn, ‘MILF crack cocaine porn’, as well as instructions on how to hack a lover’s cell phone and repeated google searches of himself
Hunter Biden is photographed with a gun after lying on a gun application about doing drugs
‘We want to emphasize that we do not know if the emails … are genuine or not and that we do not have evidence of Russian involvement,’ it continued.
The letter also makes reference to ‘our view that the Russians are involved in the Hunter Biden email issue’ and concludes, ‘it is high 8me that Russia stops interfering in our democracy.’
The laptop bombshell was originally restricted on platforms like Twitter and Facebook. Details of their decision to restrict news that could damage Biden just ahead of the election have trickled out through Elon Musk’s release of the Twitter Files.
Wise’s comments come as House Republicans put the Biden family in their crosshairs. The House Oversight Committee last week launched an investigation into the Biden family’s business dealings, and how much Joe was involved in Hunter’s work.
Republicans also established the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of Federal Government, which is expected to probe reports the FBI slow-walked the investigation into the the revelations of the laptop and pressured Twitter to censor the story.