DML News Morning Briefing, Dec 23rd

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Corruption, Collusion, Hacking and more….
By Ryan Lynch

Today is December 23. Below are some of the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room.

1 – FBI calls its $3.5M payment to Twitter ‘reimbursement,’ silent about any others
Fox News reports: The Federal Bureau of Investigation is declining to specify what other social media companies the federal agency gave money to after Fox News confirmed that it paid Twitter nearly $3.5 million.

FBI officials told Fox News that the nearly $3.5 million payment to Twitter was a “reimbursement” for the “reasonable costs and expenses associated with their response to a legal process… For complying with legal requests, and a standard procedure.”

The FBI officials also said that Twitter isn’t the only social media company that is being paid by the federal agency, telling Fox News “We don’t just reimburse Twitter.”

“While we are not able to speak to specific payments, the government is required to provide reimbursement for reasonable expenses directly related to searching for, assembling, reproducing, or otherwise providing the information responsive to the legal process. This requirement is set by federal law and the courts are the final arbiters of what is reasonable compensation,” the FBI officials said.

ANNETA G: I can think of a few terms for this… COLLUSION, CORRUPTION, ELECTION INTERFERENCE, PAY-FOR-PLAY… (that’s MY opinion).  Please add your thoughts in the comments section at the end of this report.

2 – Jan. 6 committee releases ‘long-awaited’ final report on Capitol riot
The New York Post reports: The House select committee investigating last year’s Jan. 6 Capitol riot released its long-anticipated final report on Thursday night.

The report, nearly 18-months in the making, is based on the information gleaned from the more than 1,000 interviews conducted by the panel, as well as the emails, text messages, and phone records obtained by investigators over the course of their investigation.

Among the findings of the 845-page report, the panel estimates that former President Donald Trump and his allies engaged in some 200 acts targeting state legislators or state and local election officials attempting to overturn the 2020 election results. 

“The Select Committee estimates that in the two months between the November election and the January 6th insurrection, President Trump or his inner circle engaged in at least 200 apparent acts of public or private outreach, pressure, or condemnation, targeting either State legislators or State or local election administrators, to overturn State election results,” the report notes.

ANNETA G: Which was the bigger waste of taxpayer money – the January 6 Committee or the Mueller investigation?  Now, let’s go back to story #1 above – let’s do an investigation on how the FBI colluded with Big Tech to interfere in the elections!!

3 – Russian company received arms from North Korea
ABC News reports: The White House said Thursday that the Wagner Group, a private Russian military company, has taken delivery of an arms shipment from North Korea to help bolster its forces as it fights side-by-side with Russian troops in Ukraine.

White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said U.S. intelligence officials determined that North Korea completed an initial arms shipment that included rockets and missiles last month.

“We assess that the amount of material delivered to Wagner will not change battlefield dynamics in Ukraine,” Kirby said. “But we’re certainly concerned that North Korea is planning to deliver more military equipment.”

On Friday, North Korea again flatly denied it has shipped munitions to Russia, calling the U.S. accusation of arms transfers to Russia “the groundless theory” cooked up by “some dishonest forces.”

ANNETA G: I’m not one bit surprised if this is true… Joe Biden, this is all on you.

4 – Hunter Biden hires former Jared Kushner attorney to beef up legal team
NBC News reports: Hunter Biden has added a high-powered attorney to his legal team amid an ongoing federal probe and plans by Republicans to make him a key focus of investigations when they take control of the House next month.

Abbe Lowell, of the firm Winston and Strawn, will be primarily responsible for coordinating Hunter Biden’s response to anticipated congressional oversight investigations, as well advising on other legal issues and overall strategy, an attorney for Hunter Biden told NBC News on Wednesday.

“Hunter Biden has retained Abbe Lowell to help advise him and be part of his legal team to address the challenges he is facing,” the attorney, Kevin Morris, said. “Lowell is a well-known Washington based attorney has represented numerous public officials and high profile people in DOJ investigations and trials as well as Congressional Investigations. Mr. Lowell will handle congressional investigations and general strategic advice.”

Lowell has previously represented Jared Kushner in congressional investigations as well as special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian collusion with the Trump campaign ahead of the 2016 election. Lowell has also represented several high-profile politicians over the years, including former President Bill Clinton, former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., and Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J.

ANNETA G: Well, well, what a small world….   but Hunter will likely get out of this deal without even a slap on the wrist, regardless of who his attorney is.

5 – TikTok apologizes after four employees hacked accounts of at least two Western reporters to discover where leaks about the Chinese firm were coming from
The Daily Mail reports: TikTok apologized for its employees hacking the accounts of at least two journalists and several other users’ accounts in an attempt to discover where a leak had come from.

Financial Times reporter Cristina Criddle and former Buzzfeed writer Emily Baker-White – who now works for Forbes – had their TikTok accounts hacked by four ByteDance employees. ByteDance is TikTok’s parent company.

White identified herself as one of those hacked, writing on Twitter: ‘ByteDance used TikTok to track my location – and the locations of two of my colleagues – to try to find our sources. We reported on this back in October but kept things vague to protect sources. Today ByteDance admitted it…’

The Financial Times identified Criddle as the victim in a report published on Thursday.

Forbes claims that Richard Nieva and Katharine Schwab were also tracked. Internal emails at TikTok admit to tracking a Financial Times reporter (Criddle) and a Buzzfeed reporter (White), as well as a ‘small number of people connected to the reporters.’

The four ByteDance employees – two based in the US and two in China – were attempting to discover where internal conversations were leaked by tracking Criddle and White’s IP addresses to see if they had been in proximity with any ByteDance employees. The employees were part of a team that monitors employee conduct, but they failed to find any connection between the journalists and their fellow employees. They have since been fired and the team no longer has access to US data.

ANNETA G: Anyone who uses that Chinese app is FOOLISH!  Delete it, ASAP!

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