(Headline USA) Many of Twitter’s top executives were former FBI agents, according to a new investigation by the New York Post, raising additional questions about the close relationship between the government agency and Big Tech company.
More than a dozen former FBI officials were hired for leadership roles in the years prior to Elon Musk’s takeover of the company, the Post found.
The most prominent former fed to work for Twitter was James Baker, who previously worked as the agency’s former general counsel and later performed that same role for Twitter. Baker was recently fired by Musk for his role in the suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story.
Several other top Twitter officials with an FBI past were also close to the decision to censor the Hunter Biden laptop story.
For example, Matthe Williams joined Twitter in 2020 as a “senior director of product trust” after working for the FBI for more than 15 years as an intelligence program manager and senior supervisory intelligence analyst. Federal Election Commission records show Williams donated consistently to Democratic candidates.
Likewise, Dawn Burton joined Twitter in 2019 as director of strategy and operations and counsel organization after working as deputy chief of staff to disgraced FBI boss James Comey. She also made a number of donations to Democrats.
The Twitter Files have revealed just how close the connection between the FBI and Twitter was during the run-up to the 2020 presidential election.
Many of the records made public in the Twitter Files show that Yoel Roth, Twitter’s former head of Trust & Safety, had regular meetings with the FBI about users and content to censor.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who will take over the House Judiciary Committee early next year, has promised a thorough investigation into the politicization of the FBI and its partnership with Big Tech.
“I have concerns about whether the government was running a misinformation operation on We the People,” Jordan said. “We want to try to get to the bottom of Baker, but any other FBI people who were [at Twitter] is also a concern, and this is something we’ve got to look at.”