Politico confirmation of Hunter Biden laptop materials prompts criticism of earlier suppression of story


Nearly a year after the New York Post Hunter Biden laptop story that Big Tech companies suppressed weeks ahead of the 2020 presidential election, Politico reported Tuesday it had in part confirmed the authenticity of the material.

"A person who had independent access to Hunter Biden’s emails confirmed he did receive a 2015 email from a Ukrainian businessman thanking him for the chance to meet Joe Biden. The same goes for a 2017 email in which a proposed equity breakdown of a venture with Chinese energy executives includes the line, "10 held by H for the big guy?" Politico's Ben Schreckinger reports in his new book, "The Bidens."

"Emails released by a Swedish government agency also match emails in the leaked cache, and two people who corresponded with Hunter Biden confirmed emails from the cache were genuine," Politico Playbook added in its tease of the book. "While the leak contains genuine files, it remains possible that fake material has been slipped in."

The Post's report on Biden's laptop set off a media firestorm last October as it shed light on the younger Biden's overseas business dealings in Ukraine and China and revealed how he traded on his powerful name. One email appeared to show Hunter Biden introducing his father, now President Joe Biden, to a top executive at the Ukrainian energy company Burisma, where his son collected a large salary as a board member.

However, liberal and mainstream media outlets immediately cast doubt on the veracity of the emails, saying the laptop couldn't be proven to be Hunter Biden's and that it could even be a Russian disinformation campaign meant to sway the election to President Donald Trump. Among those outlets was Politico; writer Natasha Bertrand penned a piece headlined, "Hunter Biden story is Russian disinfo, dozens of former intel officials say." Many of those on the letter, who Bertrand acknowledged "presented no new evidence," endorsed Biden.

Biden's campaign denied the Post's initial report, which Politico appears to have confirmed, that he met with a Burisma representative in 2015.

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