Who is James Baker? Elon Musk reveals ex-FBI honcho was behind Twitter censoring Hunter Biden laptop story
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA: Following author Matt Tabibi’s big revelation via his cryptic tweet, “Thread: THE TWITTER FILES,” detailing why Twitter blocked the Hunter Biden Laptop story and how “the decision was made at the highest levels of the company,” the name of former FBI general counsel James Baker, who is Twitter’s deputy general counsel, has been popping up. Musk revealed that the crucial player in Twitter’s censorship of New York Post was Baker, who was also a key player in the Russia collusion hoax.
Tabibi on his 27th tweet narrated, “Former VP of Global Comms Brandon Borrman asks, 'Can we truthfully claim that this is part of the policy?'" To which Baker seemed to advise staying the non-course, and wrote in an undated email urging on the censorship action because "caution is warranted." He explained, "At this stage it is reasonable for us to assume that [the Post had published ‘hacked material’] and that caution is warranted. There are some facts that indicate that the materials may have been hacked while there are others indicating that the computer was either abandoned and/or the owner consented to allow the repair shop to access for at least some purposes. We simply need more information."
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28. To which former Deputy General Counsel Jim Baker again seems to advise staying the non-course, because “caution is warranted”: pic.twitter.com/tg4D0gLWI6— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) December 3, 2022
Who is James Baker?
Baker, who was a former federal prosecutor, joined the former Office of Intelligence Policy and Review (OIPR), which later became part of DOJ’s National Security Division in 1996. He worked on national security investigations and prosecutions, including the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), during his stint at the US Department of Justice. From 2001 to 2007, Baker served as Counsel for Intelligence Policy at the Justice Department, where he was head of the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review, states Harvard Law School, where he started as a lecturer on Law in 2007.
In 2006, Baker, who holds master’s degree from the University of Michigan, received the George H.W. Bush Award for Excellence in counterterrorism. He also received the NSA’s Intelligence Under Law Award, the NSA Director’s Distinguished Service Medal, and DOJ’s highest award— the Edmund J. Randolph Award, as per FBI. He joined Twitter in 2020. Twitter’s former chief legal officer, Sean Edgett, welcomed him by saying, "Thrilled to welcome @thejimbaker to @Twitter as Deputy General Counsel. Jim is committed to our core principles of an open internet and freedom of expression, and brings experience navigating complex, global issues with a principled approach."
Thrilled to welcome @thejimbaker to @Twitter as Deputy General Counsel. Jim is committed to our core principles of an open internet and freedom of expression, and brings experience navigating complex, global issues with a principled approach.— Sean Edgett (@edgett) June 15, 2020
Baker, who has been coming repeatedly in the Russian investigations launched by the Justice Department, including the "hoax" involving the Russian Alfa Bank, was also involved in controversies related to the other Russian-related FBI allegations against Donald Trump, according to NY Post.