New records released by Senator Josh Hawley have revealed that Nina Jankowicz, the disgraced head of the terminated Disinformation Governance Board had planned to meet with Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, along with other Department of Homeland Security officials.
The documents revealed that "the Disinformation Governance Board plans to partner with Big Tech were far more extensive than DHS or the White House has admitted," a press release from Hawley’s office read.
Internal emails revealed how DHS officials had planned to meet Meta’s Head of Security Police Nathaniel Gleicher in February of 2022. The press release noted that Gleicher was the same official that had been in charge of security during Facebook’s suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story, brought to light by the New York Post in October of 2020.
In a March 31 email from Sandra Luff, a Meta lobbyist, according to OpenSecrets, and the company’s director of Executive Branch Public Policy, according to Legistorm, to DHS Under Secretary for Strategy, Policy, and Plans Robert Silvers, she requested a meeting.
The heavily redacted email does not reveal who from Facebook would be involved in this meeting, but Luff included a biography about Gleicher.
"Mr. Nathaniel Gleicher is the Head of Security Policy at Meta, where he leads our company-wide effort to counter emerging and persistent threats across our platforms, including influence operations, cyber-espionage, and cybersecurity risks," the biography stated.
"He is an engineer and lawyer, and has worked ins security for more than fifteen years. He has taught computer science, build and secured computer networks, and prosecuted cyber crime at the US Department of Justice, served as director for cybersecurity policy at the National Security Council (NSC) in the White House, and as head of cybersecurity strategy at Illumino. At the NSC he developed US government policy on key technology and cybersecurity challenged, including encryption, cyber deterrence, internet governance, and network security," the biography added.
In an April 4 email, a woman named Becky Moore emailed Silvers on behalf of Facebook “regarding potentially finding time on your calendar” when Gleicher would be in town.
In a response email from Principal Deputy General Counsel for cyber issues Jen Daskal, which had Jankowicz copied, Daskal said she would be removing Silvers "given the conflict," and wrote, "Brandon [Wales], Nina [Jankowicz], and I would be delighted to meet with Nathaniel [Gleicher], preferable end of this week."
Gleicher’s LinkedIn profile states that he has been the Head of Security Policy at Meta since January of 2018.
In the press release, Hawley noted a letter sent to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, sent on November 30, in which he wrote, "Our whistleblower documents previously revealed that the Board was engaging with Twitter on possible censorship activities."
"These new records show even more Big Tech companies were involved. The Disinformation Board planned to meet with Nathaniel Gleicher of Meta (formerly Facebook), who was head of security policy at that company during the controversy over the suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story, and had contacts with the Omidyar Network, a liberal dark money group which has poured millions into combatting 'misinformation,’" the letter continued.
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