The resignation of the Intercept’s prominent investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald has once again catapulted the alleged business of US presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son Hunter overseas into the spotlight.
Greenwald accused his editors at The Intercept, a news agency he co-founded, of censoring an article he wrote “based on recently published emails and testimony” that raises “critical questions” about the behavior of Democrat Joe Biden.
The editor-in-chief of Intercept denies that Greenwald has been censored.
The high profile exit of a journalist who built his career fighting media oppression is the latest focal point in a controversy that has gripped Twitter and Facebook and criticized the “mainstream media” and the custodians of social media platforms who fueled anti-conservative bias.
Here’s what you need to know about Hunter Biden’s emails, Ukraine and China connections, and mud slaughter so far.
What is Hunter Biden most accused of?
The former US Vice President’s son is accused of doing business in Ukraine and China related to the name of his famous family and the influence of peddling with his father.
What kind of alleged business?
One of them concerns the Ukrainian energy company Burisma, in which Hunter Biden served on the board while his father served as vice president in the administration of former US President Barack Obama. Other allegations concern negotiations between Hunter, his uncle James Biden and a Chinese energy and financial company called CEFC China Energy.
How did it all come to light?
The New York Post published emails between Hunter Biden and Vadym Pozharskyi, an advisor to Burisma, in April 2015, in which they discussed the establishment of a meeting between Pozharskyi and then Vice-President Joe Biden.
The text of the email does not indicate whether the meeting ever took place, and the Vice President’s official schedule does not include a record of a meeting with Pozharskyi, according to Biden’s campaign.
The Post also released an email allegedly showing Hunter Biden’s efforts to start an investment company in 2017 with the participation of Chinese oil company CEFC China Energy Co.
How did Swiss Post receive the emails?
The Post says it received a hard drive containing the emails from Rudy Giuliani, the lawyer for US President Donald Trump, who himself was accused of corrupt business with Ukraine.
The emails were allegedly found on a laptop that was left at a computer repair store in Delaware in April 2019, but the store owner couldn’t definitively say the computer belonged to Hunter Biden.
So are the emails true?
One of Hunter Biden’s former business associates, Anthony Bobulinski, confirmed in a statement to several news outlets, including Fox News, that one of the emails published by the Post listing him as a recipient was “real”.
What email was that?
In the email, the allocation of equity in the CEFC investment company was discussed. From May 13, 2017 – when Biden was neither in office nor running for president – a share of 10 percent was mentioned in the email, which “H thought was the big guy”.
Bobulinski said during a press conference organized by the Trump campaign that “the big guy” was a reference to Joe Biden.
Has anyone else verified the emails as definitely true or false?
No, but dozens of retired US intelligence officials have signed a letter stating that while they do not know whether the emails allegedly belonging to Hunter Biden are genuine or not, they have “all the classic features of a Russian intelligence operation.”
What do the Bidens say about the allegations?
Joe Biden claims he “never spoke to my son about his overseas business” and that the meeting with Pozharskyi never took place.
Hunter Biden has claimed he didn’t do anything wrong when it came to burisma, but admitted in a 2019 interview that sitting on the company’s board of directors while his father was in the White House was “my poor judgment.”
Neither Hunter nor the Biden campaign has spoken about whether the laptop with the emails belongs to Hunter, but an attorney for the Vice President’s son George Mesires said in a statement, “We have no idea where this is coming from, and we can it certainly doesn’t credit everything Rudy Giuliani has made available to the NY Post, ”reported the Associated Press.
In the final presidential debate with Donald Trump on October 22nd, Biden said, “I’ve never taken a dime from a foreign source in my life.”
Did Burisma and CEFC China Energy receive anything in return?
Trump claims that Joe Biden’s pressure on Ukraine to fire a prosecutor while Biden was vice president was a move to help Burisma. However, a Senate Republican report found that, while Jäger’s position on Burisma’s board of directors was a conflict of interest, there was no evidence that it affected U.S. policy toward the country and that the prosecutor’s dismissal was in line with anti-corruption policies The Obama administration’s foreign policy was towards Ukraine, according to the Associated Press.
No agreement was reached between Hunter and James Biden and CEFC China Energy, according to an investigation by the Wall Street Journal, and text messages and emails “relating to the company made available to the Journal by Mr. Bobulinski” revealed neither Hunter Biden nor James Biden Discussing a role for Joe Biden in the company.
Why does this story just go on?
Trump has made beating Hunter Biden and accusing his father of corruption a hallmark of his campaign, and he enjoys bringing the allegations to the campaign. And criticism from Republicans and right-wing news outlets that more liberal news outlets ignored history and tech giants suppressed it has only fueled the fire.
After the Post published their story in the alleged emails, Twitter temporarily blocked users’ sharing, arguing that doing so was against the platform’s policies on hacked information. Facebook has also worked to limit the spread of the story. Republicans say this is evidence of the anti-conservative bias of the platforms tech CEOs landed on the hot seat of a Senate committee this week.
Where did the Senate hearing lead?
Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz asked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about the story during a liability hearing tech companies are currently having regarding content that users post on their platforms. Another hearing on alleged conservative censorship on social media is planned after the election.
Yikes What a mess. Will it affect US election results?
That remains to be seen. But Greenwald’s resignation has reinvigorated the controversy over how news outlets have handled history – and highlighted the US partisan difference over pretty much everything.