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Is the FBI Now Leaking Project Veritas Documents to the New York Times?

Is the FBI Now Leaking Project Veritas Documents to the New York Times?

“documents, a series of memos written by the group’s lawyer, detail ways for Project Veritas sting operations”

James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas group recently came under federal attack over their possession of a diary that allegedly belonged to Ashley Biden, which ultimately led to an FBI raid on O’Keefe’s home.

It was curious when the New York Times seemed to have advanced knowledge of the raid, but now it looks as though the Times is being fed information that may have been obtained through the raid.

Adam Goldman and Mark Mazzetti wrote at the New York Times about internal Project Veritas attorney-client documents they obtained.

Project Veritas and the Line Between Journalism and Political Spying

Hours after F.B.I. agents searched the homes of two Project Veritas operatives last week, James O’Keefe, the leader of the conservative group, took to YouTube to defend its work as “the stuff of responsible, ethical journalism.”

“We never break the law,” he said, railing against the F.B.I.’s investigation into members of his group for possible involvement in the reported theft of a diary kept by President Biden’s daughter, Ashley. “In fact, one of our ethical rules is to act as if there are 12 jurors on our shoulders all the time.”

Project Veritas has long occupied a gray area between investigative journalism and political spying, and internal documents obtained by The New York Times reveal the extent to which the group has worked with its lawyers to gauge how far its deceptive reporting practices can go before running afoul of federal laws.

The documents, a series of memos written by the group’s lawyer, detail ways for Project Veritas sting operations — which typically diverge from standard journalistic practice by employing people who mask their real identities or create fake ones to infiltrate target organizations — to avoid breaking federal statutes such as the law against lying to government officials.

After the FBI raid, O’Keefe claimed that all of his reporting notes were confiscated along with numerous other documents. Now the New York Times is scouring and reporting on various Project Veritas documents and memos. Are we to believe this is a coincidence?

The documents show, for example, Project Veritas operatives’ concern that an operation launched in 2018 to secretly record employees at the F.B.I., Justice Department and other agencies in the hope of exposing bias against President Donald J. Trump might violate the Espionage Act — the law passed at the height of World War I that has typically been used to prosecute spies.

The media recoiled in horror when Trump called them an enemy of the people, but they work so hard to prove him right again and again.

Tucker Carlson discussed this with attorney Harmeet Dhillon last night:

Here are some Twitter reactions:

If the FBI is now nothing more than an arm of the Democratic party and the liberal media, it should be dissolved.


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The NYT has their own police and spy agency.

    Idonttweet in reply to Oracle. | November 12, 2021 at 10:33 am

    We’ve all seen this movie before. If the Deep State wants information to get out “unofficially,” the State Department leaks to CNN, CIA and the Intelligence Community leak to the Washington Post, and the FBI and Department of Justice leak to the New York Times and Politico. Do some historical research and change my mind.

    andersm0 in reply to Oracle. | November 12, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    NYT = Pravda. FBI = KGB

    There’s an old saying that what can’t go on, won’t go on. America is uniting across artificial political divisions. It’s no longer left versus right, it’s totalitarianism versus freedom. And there’s way more freedom lovers. When this thing blows apart, which it will, there will be a lot of people standing in the docket who never dreamed their corruption would be caught and especially not punished.

Third World Banana Republics — ‘Welcome to the club

And there is no legal recourse for O’Keefe or the other PV journalists that had their property illegally confiscated by the Stasi thugs. I saw that some judge told them to stop searching O’Keefe’s records, but like that’ll actually stop the FIB.

It seems like with every passing day, there’s something else to be outraged over in Joe Biden’s America. And, this has been particularly true with the behavior of the FBI not just in the last year, but arguably over the last 30-years and increasing in magnitude the last several years.

But, this instance we seemed to have reached a new zenith in bad behavior, a historic level of bad behavior in fact. I guess when FBI leadership gets away with undermining a US president, they begin to believe there is nothing they can’t do no matter how brazen. These are signs of an unraveling Republic and it should worry every one irrespective of political allegiances.

    MarkS in reply to TargaGTS. | November 12, 2021 at 7:56 am

    and the Republican inCongress do nothing except whine and complain on Fox News

      TargaGTS in reply to MarkS. | November 12, 2021 at 8:39 am

      They’re not even doing that on this story. I’ve got a Twitter list set-up for all the GOP Senators. I looked through that list this morning going back two-days. As best as I can tell, there hasn’t been a SINGLE comment from any GOP Senator on this raid or the ensuing illegal publication of privileged information by the NY Times, information that was CLEARLY leaked by FBI or DOJ.

      In spite of record inflation, a growing energy crisis and enormous problems abroad, the Administration is acting like it has no worry of ever losing another national election. To compound that, the GOP Senators are acting like they don’t even want the majority back. It’s bizarre.

      Milhouse in reply to MarkS. | November 12, 2021 at 9:25 am

      What else do you imagine they could do?

        CommoChief in reply to Milhouse. | November 12, 2021 at 1:23 pm

        Yep hard to act if your party isn’t in the majority and in control of the committees. Once again the Lin Wood inspired deceptive sabotage operation in the GA Senate run off elections which led to 200K r Nov voters staying home in Jan raises it’s head.

        The easiest way to keep the d/prog in power is to give up, stay home and refuse to cast your ballot. No one needs to steal an election they will win by default because the other side doesn’t compete.

    buck61 in reply to TargaGTS. | November 12, 2021 at 10:33 am

    There are no consequences for the behavior, it starts at the top and continues to be filtered down the chain infecting the entire agency. Nothing happened to Comey, McCabe is disgraced and charged with lying , yet doesn’t see his day in court but gets his full retirement, full pension reinstated plus legal feesand is treated as if nothing ever happened Nothing has happened to Stzrok, Ohr, Clinesmith gets a mire slap on the wrist for falsfying documents. They ran an entrapment operation in Michigan, very likely placed assets within the Jan. 6 events. They did not take a passive role in those operations but were active leaders.

    Those people along with countless others have disgraced the agency leaving lifelong stains onthose who attempting to good work .

      JHogan in reply to buck61. | November 12, 2021 at 12:31 pm

      It is no longer enough to ‘reform’ the FBI. The FBI must be destroyed. It must cease to exit. Everyone fired and The Hoover building and all FBI offices throughout the country put up for sale.

      Only then can some other agency be created to do whatever good the FBI once did.

      And while we’re at it, the so-called Patriot Act must be repealed. It only took about ten years for the federal government to start abusing it and using it against Americans. It has been used to spy on a presidential campaign and a sitting president. It is being used against ordinary American citizens exercising their Constitutional right to protest government policies.

      Cleary government has demonstrated it cannot be trusted with the power the Patriot Act gives it.

Leaking info was the whole point behind the raids in the first place. Duh.

    JHogan in reply to irv. | November 12, 2021 at 8:18 am

    That’s the Chicago Way.

    Chicago Jesus learned his lessons well and applied them liberally when he went to Washington. For eight years.

DC is opposition controlled territory working against the majority of law abiding citizens. FBI is a co-conspirator.

If this wasn’t so dangerous for our republic, it would be funny. The NYT is complaining about PV having seen the diary, but not published it, which by Supreme Court precedent isn’t actionable against PV. So, what does the NYT do? They take privileged letters of counsel, with no support to show that they were legally obtained, and castigate PV. Oh, the irony.

    TargaGTS in reply to A Thinker. | November 12, 2021 at 10:28 am

    And they do that while they’re the defendants of a defamation action filed by Project Veritas, an action that does not augur well for them.

    If we had an honest judiciary, the judge in that libel lawsuit would take it upon himself to find out exactly what’s happening here.

When the rule of law prevails these things do not happen, or if they do the bad actors(in the FBI and media) are punished. When the rule of law does not prevail, the bad actors get away with it for a time, but inevitably things end up the way they did for Mussolini, Ceaușescu, and Khaddaffi.

People won’t feel bad for them when that unavoidable end comes.

This is the modus operandi of the politicized FBI-do something of dubious legality or worse with respect to a conservative and then rationalize it by leaks to the legacy media. Has anyone seen a copy of any documents filed in support of a warrant for this unconstitiuonal and illegal raid?

“Project Veritas has long occupied a gray area between investigative journalism and political spying”

In an alleged news article? This sentence belongs in the op-ed page. Neither the NYT nor the FBI have any credibility anymore.

“If the FBI is now nothing more than an arm of the Democratic party and the liberal media, it should be dissolved.”

The FBI should be renamed to the DGS. Democrat Goon Squad.

The FBI needs to be seriously gutted.

It’s nothing more than a Soviet agency at this point. In another 5 years they will be torturing prisoners until they confess.

    jpwcpa in reply to Andy. | November 12, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    Some would argue that the months-long detention of January 6th protestors constitutes “torturing prisoners until they confess”.

Interesting how the NYT got that information just when PV is suing them.

Capsaicin_Addict | November 12, 2021 at 1:44 pm

No one should be willingly cooperating with the FBI at this point. Nobody.

I’m not going to ask people to do stupid crap. But volunteer nothing. Give them no assistance. Any action you take on their behalf should be under duress at best.

If they want to be an ‘enemy domestic’, you are not obligated to help them.

“A lot of the FBI’s problems can be attributed to cronyism, which happens through the promotional system that allows people who have a particular political agenda to surround themselves with others who have a similar agenda, Vines said.

“The organization at the highest level, seventh floor level has become very, very left wing,” he said. “To the point of almost being Marxist.” ”

Note the timing.

This is election protection for 2022. They are trying to expose and hamstring any projects in motion that would come to fruition in time for June-Nov. THAT IS WHAT THIS RAID WAS ABOUT. They are trying to expose any undercover ops that are in progress.

As a side note- for future reference the FBI’s cyber division is really poor. They couldn’t decrypt KR’s phone. They couldn’t do anything about the colonial pipeline ransomware and that was an act of war against the US economy.

Encrypting your shit is a good idea.

    Capsaicin_Addict in reply to Andy. | November 12, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    There’s a reason they’ve tried, off and on over and over, to get cryptographic software classified under ITAR.

    henrybowman in reply to Andy. | November 12, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    Well, it’s not so much that the FBI cyber division is really poor, as much as it is that iPhone encryption has actual integrity, This is far from the first time they’ve failed to unlock a standard iPhone, and Apple’s standard response is “we don’t keep keys or install backdoors, so we can’t do it for you.”

The FBI is now the KGB. They do not have American Citizens interests only the Governments… This will lead to the destruction of this country.

“IS the FBI the enemy of the people?” YES!!!!! While they’re not to the level yet of using red hot irons, electric cattle prods, blowtorches, concentration camps, gulags, etc. against American citizens, they’re on the same highway to hell as the Gestapo, the Japanese Kempeitai of World War 2, the KGB, etc. At some point they will sink to the level of those agencies. Look at what’s being done to the 1/6 protesters vs what’s NOT being done to Antifa rioters.

Decreasing the federal budget is one of the few things we actually could possibly achieve while Joe Biden is in office. FBI is a great place to start with.

We actually could actually hit a lot of birds with one stone because Democrats think we are automatons who always desire more tanks and aircraft carriers and can’t change our mind so compromise.

Mark Miley gets less money in return for the FBI and DOJ and other government agencies also getting severe budget cuts.

Win win.

I am guessing the diary was a fake diary meant to set up Project Veritas. I am guessing that it failed because instead of publishing it, they reported to the FBI.

This is starting to really smell like a false flag to entrap.

Simply put, the FBI is now a domestic enemy of the US Constitution. All military vets should take note.