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Senior official confirms intel that Hunter Biden alleged laptop is not Russian disinformation.

It is unclear whether the alleged laptop is part of a Russian disinformation campaign. FBI officials have declined to discuss the inquiry.

It is unclear whether the alleged laptop is part of a Russian disinformation campaign. FBI officials have declined to discuss the inquiry.John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence, told Fox Business Network that the “laptop is not part of some Russian disinformation campaign.” But Ratcliffe did not make "clear whether the intelligence agencies or the FBI authenticated the laptop’s contents or whether he was simply saying that they had not gathered evidence that Russia altered any of the material," reported NYT.

The FBI was reportedly in possession of the alleged laptop and the hard drive since Dec. 2019. The bureau is looking into the origin of the material, and among the questions they're seeking to answer, one of them is whether the laptop dump is part of a Russian disinformation effort targeting the 2020 election. Sen. Ron Johnson had sent a letter to the FBI asking him to clarify whether the agency possesses documents from the laptop of Hunter Biden, as reported. FBI Assistant Director Jill C. Tyson sent the letter to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), a Trump ally and chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, responding to his demand for more information about the laptop computer. The letter states that the FBI can neither confirm nor deny the existence of any ongoing investigation or persons or entities involved in the investigation, including to Members of Congress. They further stated that the FBI could not provide any additional information in response to the enumerated questions in his letter. The FBI is the primary investigative agency responsible for the integrity and security of the 2020 election, and as such, they are focused on an array of threats, including the threat of malign foreign influence operations. It also stated that if actionable intelligence is developed, the FBI will evaluate the need to provide defensive briefings to Johnson and the Committee under the established notification framework in consultation with the Intelligence Community.

Furthermore, more than 50 former intelligence officials have signed a letter stating their belief that the story is part of a foreign disinformation campaign.

At the time of writing, it is unclear whether the FBI possesses Hunter Biden's laptop or not and if it does, whether it is part of Russian disinformation. FBI officials have declined to discuss the inquiry.

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