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Cable pundits who were among 51 former intelligence operatives who signed a 2020 public letter claiming Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop was ‘Russian disinformation’ have refused to admit they were wrong ever since. a pair of liberal newspapers confirmed the authenticity of the computer.
Jeremy Bash, former CIA Chief of Staff turned MSNBC pundit, John Brennan, CIA Director turned MSNBC pundit and ex-Director of National Intelligence–Turned CNN pundit James Clapper is among retired intelligence operatives who insisted the laptop revealing Hunter Biden’s shady overseas business dealings, along with a cache of emails and damning photos, was the result of a “Russian disinformation” campaign designed to help keep then-President Trump in office.
None of the 51 signatories expressed regret when contacted by the New York Post, which first reported the laptop bombing story ahead of the 2020 election last month after that the New York Times admitted the laptop was legit. The Washington Post has since also reported that the laptop is genuine.
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Fox News Digital reached out to the three signatories who now work for Liberal Media Networks — Bash, Brennan and Clapper — but did not answer a series of questions, including why they didn’t address her on air, whether they regret signing the letter and whether the network producers kept them quiet.
Bash has appeared on MSNBC for several segments since The Times confirmed the laptop’s authenticity on March 16, discussing Ukraine, January 6, China and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Until Thursday afternoon, Bash has not mentioned the laptop in any of the 11 segments it has appeared in since the Times report.
Brennan has appeared on MSNBC at least 5 times since the laptop was authenticated but has never mentioned the laptop. Like Bash, he largely stuck to the analysis of Ukraine and Russia while avoiding Hunter Biden.
Clapper was on CNN at least 12 times from March 16 through Thursday afternoon, but never mentioned the laptop either. CNN hosts, including Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon, didn’t even bother to ask him about it, sticking instead to questions about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
While Clapper ignored the on-air laptop, the New York Post reported that Clapper “doubled down” on his initial claim, responding to a request for comment by saying he stood by his statement AT THE TIME (c (emphasis mine) and that it sounded a “cave” based on a paragraph in the Post’s report was then “appropriate”.
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Some members of the intelligence community retire but retain security clearances, and some senior executives such as CIA directors and their top deputies are often briefed on government secrets, so they can offer informed opinions. Sources in the intelligence community say critics should expose the letter and shine a light on the fact that its signatories got it wrong because doing so could harm their personal brand, but stripping security clearances would be too harsh.
Some believe signatories are entitled to their assessment and freedom of expression, while others are outraged at not admitting error.
Last month, when the Gray Lady admitted the laptop was legitimate, conservative radio host Buck Sexton, a former CIA officer, ripped former intelligence officials who had failed to apologise, or in some cases have doubled the bet.”
“It’s one thing to have Brian Stelter [claiming] it’s Russian misinformation – he knows nothing,” Sexton said on the Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show. York Post where I worked — I know some of these people.”
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Sexton added: “They either went completely nuts or were willing accomplices to the lie, the device.”
According to Sexton, many officials are likely doubling down or staying put because they personally believe they’ve “done their part” for the “bigger goal” – which could be defeating former President Trump. or other personal reasons… [That] is what everyone should know about the device. It’s not about the truth. It’s a question of power.”
Fox News’ Charles Creitz and Nikolas Lanum contributed to this report.