Elon Musk fires Twitter lawyer Jim Baker over involvement in censoring Hunter Biden’s laptop and linking it to the FBI’s Russia probe against Trump:- On 6 December (local time), it was revealed that the second edition of The Twitter Files had been delayed due to the revelation that former Deputy General Manager James Baker had been found to have redacted The Twitter Files.
As per reports, he was immediately fired by the new owner of the company, Elon Musk. Baker was reportedly involved in the social media platform’s handling of the Hunter Biden laptop story.
According to revelations published by independent journalist Matt Tibbey, it was revealed in October 2020 how top Twitter executives handled the Hunter Biden story in the New York Post.
Notably, before joining Twitter, Baker was general counsel at the FBI. He was also a key figure in the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections.
Baker was involved in a discussion about whether the story would fall under Twitter’s policy against ‘hacked content’.In an email discussing the story, Baker wrote, “I support the conclusion that we need more facts to assess whether or not the content was hacked.
However, at this stage, it is reasonable to assume they may be and this caution is warranted. He was responding to an email sent by a Twitter executive seeking information on whether he could “truthfully make a claim”. The laptop policy against hacked content would be “part of the policy”.
As Fox News reported, in 2016, Baker met with attorney Michael Sussman, who gave Baker data and white papers demonstrating an alleged secret communication channel between the Trump Organization and Alfa Bank, a Russian entity.
It was further reported that initially, Sussman informed Baker that he was not working for anyone, but later billed Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the work. Later, in 2022, he was acquitted of one charge of making a false statement to the FBI.
In addition, Baker was also involved in the FISA warrant application submitted to begin surveillance on Carter Page, who was involved in former President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. Later, Baker acknowledged in a statement that his role in the said application was “unusual”.
The chain of events that led to Baker being removed from Twitter
On Tuesday (6 October), freelance journalist Taibbi said that two journalists, she and Bari Weiss, had been given access to documents based on Twitter files. After the first release of Twitter Files, he began to see barriers to innovation. It was then that he learned that Baker was responsible for releasing the files over the weekend.
Taibi said, “The first installment of the Twitter files was published here on Friday. We expected to publish more over the weekend. A lot of people were wondering why there was a delay. Now we can tell you a partial reason.”
Twitter fired US Deputy General Counsel (and former FBI General Counsel) Jim Baker on Tuesday. in the reasons? Checking out the first batch of “Twitter files” – without the knowledge of the new management. There was new management…
However, things got complicated after the initial batch. Over the weekend, when we were both dealing with obstacles to discoveries, Bari Weiss discovered that the man who released the files was a man named Jim. When he called to ask for “Jim’s” last name, the answer came back: ‘ Jim Baker.'”
“Baker is a controversial figure. He’s been a thorn in the side of the FBI’s controversies since 2016, from the Steele dossier to the Alpha-server mess. He resigned in 2018 following an investigation into leaks to the press.’
In a tweet, Taibbi said, “The news that Baker was reviewing the ‘Twitter files’ came as a surprise to everyone involved, to say the least.”
“In light of concerns about Baker’s possible role in suppressing information important to public discussion, he was removed from Twitter today,” Musk said in a tweet. Explaining himself, Musk said, “Yes. His explanation … was disjointed.
On 2 December (local time), independent journalist Matt Taibbi published a Twitter thread detailing how the company’s former head of legal, Vijaya Gadde, was at the helm of the censorship exercise under the guise of vague and arbitrary rules.
It is pertinent to note that Gadde was accused of refusing to remove child porn despite the victim’s parents pleading for it to be removed.
Internal communications revealed how the Twitter moderation team regularly received instructions from the Biden administration to censor tweets.
A response by a Twitter executive on October 24, 2020, read, “More from the Biden team to review.” Took at the behest of the state.
Interestingly, Tabby alleged that former Twitter CEO and founder Jack Dorsey was “kept in the dark” about the coverup of the Hunter Biden story.
Since the story came to light, calls have been pouring in for Gadda to be booked during his stint on Twitter. In addition, Musk announced that there would be a second edition of the Twitter Files which was to be published on December 3. However, the second edition is still awaited.
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