Insisting Hunter Biden laptop is fake is a trap. So is insisting that it’s real

Insisting Hunter Biden laptop is fake is a trap. So is insisting that it’s real

[Ed. – Shorter Thomas Rid: ‘We must treat the Hunter Biden leaks as if they were a foreign intelligence operation — even if they probably aren’t.’]

[I]n the likely continued absence of certainty either way, the Biden leaks deserve the full potential-disinformation treatment. This means three concrete things. First, every individual little fact — every email, every text, every photo — must be independently verified when data is surfaced in such a suspicious way, not just one piece of information. Genuine photos, for example, could be there simply to add credibility to forged emails surfaced along with the photos — shielding a few forgeries with genuine content would be a time-tested active measures tactic.

Second, the absence of a denial by the Biden campaign or Hunter himself should not be treated as a tacit admission of authenticity. Mixing facts with forgeries has another time-tested effect: It sets a trap for the victim. If Hunter or the Biden campaign started selectively denying pieces of the reporting ostensibly from the laptop, they would give oxygen to the operation. …

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