(NewsGlobal.com)- After independent journalist Matt Taibbi released the first installment of the Twitter Files on December 2, Elon Musk tweeted that the second installment would be released on Sunday. A short time later, Musk tweeted that they would need “another day or so” before the second installment could be released.
In response to the delay, former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey replied that if Musk’s goal is “transparency to build trust,” he should simply release all of the Twitter files “without filter” so people can “judge for themselves.” He suggested Musk also include “all discussions around current and future actions,” telling Musk, “Make everything public now.”
It turns out that the primary reason the journalists releasing the Twitter Files needed “another day or so,” was because Twitter’s General Counsel, Jim Baker, was secretly “vetting” the documents before releasing them to the reporters.
Before taking the job at Twitter, Jim Baker was the General Counsel for the FBI.
In a tweet last Tuesday, Musk said Jim Baker had been fired from the company “in light of concerns about Baker’s possible role in suppression of information important to the public dialogue.”
According to Matt Taibbi, Baker’s secret vetting of the documents before they were sent to the reporters publishing the Twitter Files led to the delay of the release of additional installments.
Musk said he questioned Baker about whether he was secretly vetting the documents and found Baker’s explanation “unconvincing.”
By firing James Baker, Musk ensured some of that transparency Jack Dorsey wanted.
So far, there have been five installments of the Twitter Files since December 2.
After Taibbi’s initial release on the suppression of the New York Post’s story on Hunter’s laptop, independent journalist Bari Weiss released the second installment outlining how Twitter used filtering tools to effectively “shadow-ban” conservatives.
Over the weekend, Weiss, along with Matt Taibbi and Michael Shellenberger, began releasing the internal documents related to Twitter’s decision to ban then-President Trump.
Taibbi kicked off the 3-part release by outlining what happened leading up to the January 6 riot.
Shellenberger then covered the “chaos” at Twitter on January 7, 2021.
Finally, Bari Weiss released the internal communications on January 8, 2021, the day Twitter officially banned Trump.