- –Department of Homeland Security is ‘pausing’ its disinformation board
- –It and its head, Nina Jankowicz, have been under intense scrutiny
- –Republicans accused the Biden administration of creating a ‘Ministry of Truth’
- And they have criticized Jankowicz’s history in the field of disinformation
- –She resigned from the role on Wednesday as reports emerged of the ‘pause’
The controversial head of the Department of Homeland Security’s disinformation board resigned on Wednesday following weeks of attacks on her appointment and as it emerged that the panel was being ‘paused’ only three weeks after it was set up.
The board was intended to combat misinformation but critics quickly homed in on the role of its chief, Nina Jankowicz, and her history fighting disinformation and extremism.
In particular, they questioned her expertise after it emerged she had dismissed the 2020 discovery of Hunter Biden‘s laptop as being a ‘Trump campaign product.’
And in 2016 she spread claims about then candidate Donald Trump’s links to President Vladimir Putin of Russia, which have since been debunked.
‘With the board’s work paused and its future uncertain … I have decided to leave DHS to return to my work in the public sphere,’ she said in her resignation letter, obtained by CNN.
‘It is deeply disappointing that mischaracterizations of the board became a distraction from the department’s vital work, and indeed, along with recent events globally and nationally, embodies why it is necessary.
‘I maintain my commitment to building awareness of disinformation’s threats and trust the Department will do the same.’
Earlier multiple sources told the Washington Post that the Department of Homeland Security decided on Monday to close its Disinformation Governance Board and that Jankowicz, 33, had drafted a resignation letter.
But by the end of Tuesday the board had won a reprieve, although it could yet be shut down.
‘Nina Jankowicz has been subjected to unjustified and vile personal attacks and physical threats,’ a DHS spokesperson told The Post in a statement.
‘In congressional hearings and in media interviews, the secretary has repeatedly defended her as eminently qualified and underscored the importance of the department’s disinformation work, and he will continue to do so.’
The Republican National Committee dubbed the committee the ‘Ministry of Truth’ in a nod to George Orwell’s novel ‘1984,’ and raised fears that the group will deem as disinformation ‘any speech we don’t like.’
But officials insisted it would protect speech.
‘The board’s purpose has been grossly mischaracterized; it will not police speech,’ the DHS spokesperson said. ‘Quite the opposite, its focus is to ensure that freedom of speech is protected.’
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was grilled about the board and its personnel during an appearance before senators.
‘Do you think the American people are so stupid they need you to tell them what the truth is?’ asked Sen. Rand Paul.
‘You can’t even admit what the truth is with the Steele Dossier. I don’t trust government to figure out what the truth is.
‘Government is largely disseminating disinformation.’
Other critics have seized upon Jankowicz’s past comments – noting that she described Hunter Biden’s laptop as ‘the laptop from hell’ and echoed the opinion of national security experts at the time that the laptop was part of a Russian influence operation.
It has since been confirmed by multiple news organizations, including DailyMail.com, as authentic.
In November 2016, Jankowicz, a Russian misinformation ‘expert,’ tweeted: ‘Husband texted me ‘you have news to wake up to.’ Never thought it would be this. Confirms our worst fears about Trump. I am horrified.’
She was reposting Clinton’s tweet claiming ‘it’s time for Trump to answer serious questions about his ties to Russia,’ along with a screenshot showing that the then-candidate had a ‘secret service’ he used to privately communicate with Putin-tied Russian Alfa Bank.
‘Trump had not one, but two secret email servers to communicate with influential Russian bank. Unbelievable,’ she followed up in another tweet with a link to an article by someone to whom opposition research firm Fusion GPS was feeding stories related to alleged ties between Trump’s campaign and the Kremlin.
Durham’s team has cast doubt on Alfa Bank claims – as has the FBI, CIA, special counsel Robert Mueller and a Senate Intelligence Committee probe
Democratic cybersecurity lawyer Michael Sussmann has been indicted by Durham for concealing the identity of his clients, including Hillary Clinton’s campaign, when he reported the now-debunked Alfa Bank claims to the FBI.
Former President Donald Trump was among the conservatives leading attacks on the disinformation board.
At a recent rally in Pennsylvania he said one of the highest priorities for Republicans elected to Congress should be dissolving the board.
‘We will immediately terminate Joe Biden’s so-called disinformation governing board, how about that one?’ Trump said. ‘A chilling and un-American power grab that we will not allow to stand.’
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