Written by Ashton Snyder on
 June 27, 2024

CIA's Role in 2020 Election: Disinformation Campaign Unveiled

The CIA's interference in the 2020 U.S. presidential election involved a disinformation campaign that misled voters about Hunter Biden's laptop. This campaign significantly contributed to Joe Biden's victory over Donald Trump.

According to the New York Post, the CIA, under former Director Gina Haspel, collaborated with 51 ex-intelligence officials to stage a disinformation campaign in 2020, falsely claiming Hunter Biden's laptop was Russian disinformation.

The CIA’s intervention aimed to influence the election's outcome in favor of Biden. Former CIA Director Gina Haspel was implicated in a letter known as the "Dirty 51," which misled the public about Hunter Biden's laptop.

The Disinformation Campaign

In October 2020, a letter was circulated, falsely asserting that Hunter Biden's laptop was part of a Russian disinformation campaign. This letter was crafted with the involvement of 51 retired intelligence officials and coordinated by the CIA. Andrew Makridis, the CIA's former Chief Operating Officer, disclosed this to congressional investigators.

Makridis revealed that the CIA’s Publication Classification Review Board sent him a draft of the letter on October 19, 2020. He informed Haspel and Deputy Director Vaughn Frederick Bishop about the letter, highlighting its political sensitivity.

Antony Blinken, then a campaign adviser for Biden, played a crucial role by prompting Mike Morell to draft and organize the letter, which was signed by five former CIA directors and 41 ex-CIA officials just before the final presidential debate. A report from the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees indicated that some signatories, including Morell, were CIA contractors at the time of the letter’s creation.

Testimonies and Political Impact

Makridis later claimed he might have only shown the letter to Bishop, not Haspel. This letter's release was strategically timed to impact the presidential debate and the election. It was part of a broader strategy to discredit the New York Post’s reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop.

Haspel's involvement in anti-Trump activities extended beyond this letter. She had previously been involved in the Russiagate investigation and refused to comply with record requests from GOP Senators related to Russiagate. Haspel also blocked the release of declassified Russiagate evidence at the end of Trump’s presidency.

CIA and FBI Collaboration

The CIA did not act alone. The FBI collaborated by warning social media companies about a potential “hack and leak” operation involving Hunter Biden. This coordinated effort further influenced public perception and the election's outcome.

Polls suggested that knowledge of the truth might have changed voters' decisions in the 2020 election. The disinformation campaign contributed to the election of a president who has faced significant challenges, including illegal immigration and related crimes.

Reactions and Consequences

GOP Senator Ron Johnson expressed frustration over Haspel's refusal to explain her actions. He stated:

She wouldn’t even schedule a phone call to explain why. Instead, she allowed these 51 corrupt officials to interfere in the 2020 election to a far greater extent than anything Russia could have hoped for.

The long-term geopolitical consequences of this disinformation campaign are still unfolding. The election interference has raised concerns about the integrity of future elections and the role of intelligence agencies in political processes.

Full Disclosure of the Campaign's Effects

The disinformation campaign's effects on the 2020 election highlight the potential for intelligence agencies to influence political outcomes. The revelations about the CIA's role underscore the importance of transparency and accountability in preserving the integrity of democratic processes. The ongoing debates and investigations into this interference will shape the narrative around the 2020 election and its aftermath. As more details emerge, the full scope of the CIA's involvement and its implications for future elections will become clearer.

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