The US administration is getting further entangled in missteps, in an attempt to create a credible Disinformation Governance Board.
The latest addition to the outfit, former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff – now nominated as the board's adviser by the same agency – is unlikely to add to the credibility or clear up “confusion” about the board's role – given that he, too, in the past peddled misinformation, reports say.
The infamous case of the Hunter Biden laptop is at the center of it all, as more officials who have pushed the now-debunked theory that the emails retrieved from the device were not authentic but a Russian conspiracy are getting appointed to the board.
This new government body is often referred to by critics as the “Ministry of Truth” – a reference to Orwell's “1984” where the said ministry served a purpose opposite of “truth” – its job was to falsify historical events in order to advance government propaganda.
Chertoff – along with former CIA director Leon Panetta and several others who also in the past broadcast what turned out to be false claims that the publishing of the Biden emails was “a Russian operation” are now joining the board in advisory roles.
The necessity to do something to save face shortly after this body was launched comes because of the actions of its executive director, Nina Jankowicz, who also believes that the emails coming to light were the result of “a Russian influence operation.”
Chertoff himself said in the wake of the 2020 election – ahead of which the Biden laptop story was suppressed and censored by Big Tech and Big Media – that it was the Russians who got their hands on the emails and that those saying they were recovered from Hunter Biden's abandoned computer were “preposterous.”
Nearly two years later, however, there has been no evidence to prove otherwise. The authenticity of emails messages has been forensically verified, and the repair shop owner, John Paul Mac Isaac, said that Hunter Biden left the laptop there in 2019 and never came back.
Isaac first gave a copy of the hard drive to the FBI later that year, and then to President Trump's associates, who forwarded the documents to the New York Post.