Russian Role in Biden Allegations Resurfaces: Ex-Spy Says, “The Recent Revelations Show That We Were Prescient”

 The Justice Department’s recent disclosures have reignited discussions about the potential involvement of the Russian government in circulating unverified claims regarding Joe and Hunter Biden’s dealings in Ukraine. 

False Information

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The department has spotlighted a former FBI informant’s efforts to disseminate false information detrimental to President Joe Biden following interactions with Russian intelligence.

Russian Role?

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The spotlight returns to a longstanding query: the extent of Russia’s role, if any, in fabricating or magnifying allegations against the Bidens related to Ukraine. 

Fabricated Stories

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Alexander Smirnov, previously an FBI informant, now faces accusations of fabricating stories about Joe Biden, an act that echoes concerns from the 2020 elections about Russian disinformation campaigns.

Echoes of 2020

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The narrative of Smirnov fabricating new falsehoods about Joe Biden, especially with an election on the horizon, recalls the 2020 election’s dilemmas. 

Caution Against Disinformation

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During that period, dubious information allegedly from Hunter Biden’s laptop appeared, leading 51 former intelligence officials to caution against Russian disinformation tactics.

Deeply Suspicious Activities 

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They stated, “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 — just that our experience makes us deeply suspicious that the Russian government played a significant role in this case.”

Laptop Material 

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These officials, having no concrete evidence of Russian involvement, nevertheless expressed deep suspicion based on their experiences. Their caution stemmed from materials on the laptop that seemed aligned with Russian strategies to undermine Joe Biden by casting aspersions of corruption.

Republicans Criticism 

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Despite the eventual verification of some laptop materials by mainstream media, the initial letter from intelligence veterans was met with criticism, especially from Donald Trump and his supporters. They accused the signatories of interfering in the election by suppressing a damaging story.

Stance Justified

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With the latest developments involving the FBI informant, the signatories of the 2020 letter feel their cautionary stance is justified, arguing that the materials dovetail with Russian tactics of accusing Biden of corruption.

Pushing False Narrative

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Marc Polymeropoulos, a 26-year CIA veteran, reflecting on the situation, remarked, “It validates exactly what we were warning about. The Russians were going to push this narrative of Hunter Biden and corruption, to hurt Joe Biden.”

Facing Threats

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The signatories faced significant backlash, including threats. Polymeropoulos reported that he received threats of hanging. 

Ugly Political game 

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John Sipher, a former CIA operations officer and another signatory, stated, “This has always been an ugly political game from the beginning.” adding, “The recent revelations show that we were prescient.”

A Political Stunt 

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However, Republicans maintain that the laptop’s authenticity was always evident, dismissing the letter as a political stunt.

Real and Authenticated

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Russell Dye, representing the GOP-led House Judiciary Committee, said, “The Hunter Biden laptop was always real and always authenticated. They knew, or should have known, that and they still ran with their verifiably bogus letter. The people who signed the letter should feel zero vindication.”

Intelligence Gathering on Giuliani

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The saga includes reports of intelligence surveillance on Rudy Giuliani’s interactions with Russian agents as he sought compromising information on Biden. This surveillance indirectly supported suspicions about Russian attempts to meddle in the election through disinformation campaigns.

Hunter’s Legal Troubles

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Hunter Biden’s legal challenges continue, with indictments on tax and gun charges. Investigations have authenticated materials from the laptop, which became pivotal in the criminal case against him.

Threat of Misinformation

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Smirnov’s alleged ties to Russian intelligence and his role in disseminating new falsehoods raise alarms about the persistent threat of misinformation affecting U.S. elections. 

FBI Filed Charges

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Last week, the FBI filed charges against Smirnov, alleging that he lied to the agency when he claimed that Joe and Hunter Biden accepted $5 million bribes in 2015 from Ukrainian executives of Burisma. 

Russian Connection

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The FBI Filing Stated, “Smirnov’s contacts with Russian officials who are affiliated with Russian intelligence services are not benign.”

Peddling New Lies 

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It added that his “efforts to spread misinformation about a candidate of one of the two major parties in the United States continues. … He is actively peddling new lies that could impact U.S. elections after meeting with Russian intelligence officials in November.”

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