Virgin Islands Delegate Stacy Plaskett Threatens Matt Taibbi with Imprisonment

Democrat Virgin Islands Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett, 56, is threatening Twitter Files journalist Matt Taibbi with five years’ imprisonment for testimony he gave on March 9 to the House Judiciary Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government.

MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan accused Matt Taibbi of lying under oath when he testified CISA partnered with EIP to flag content on Twitter, and V.I. delegate Stacey Plaskett believes Hasan. Now she’s threatening Matt Taibbi with imprisonment.

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“Under the federal perjury statute…. providing false information is punishable by up to five years imprisonment,” Plaskett said in a letter to Matt Taibbi, citing Mehdi Hasan.

The error referenced CISA, the government’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency when Taibbi referred to CIS, the Center for Internet Security, a private organization. Taibbi later addressed and corrected the error in his reporting.

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“This mistake is important because, by adding an ‘A,’ you weren’t making a harmless spelling error. Rather, you were alleging that CISA — a government entity — was working with the EIP [Election Integrity Partnership] to have posts removed from social media,” Plaskett wrote to Taibbi, according to a letter obtained by journalist and fellow Twitter Files reporter Lee Fang on Thursday.

“When presented with this misinformation, you acknowledged you had made ‘an error’ by intentionally altering the acronym CIS, and you subsequently deleted your erroneous tweet.”

“Twitter executives did not distinguish between DHS or CISA, and this group EIP [Election Integrity Project],” he said. “For instance, we would see a communication that said ‘from CISA, escalated by EIP.’ So they were essentially identical in the eyes of the company. EIP, by its own data… they significantly targeted more what they call disinformation on the right than on the left by a factor of about 10-to-1. I say that not as a Republican at all, it’s just a fact of what we’re looking at. We have come to the realization that this bright line we imagine exists between, say, the FBI or DHS or the GEC and these private companies is illusory, and what’s more important is this constellation of quasi-private organizations that do this work.”

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Taibbi’s critics have said the error is crucial because it undercuts the significance of his reporting on the government’s influence over Twitter.

Plaskett, a non-voting Democratic delegate from the Virgin Islands, had a contentious exchange with Taibbi at last month’s hearing, referring to him as a “so-called journalist” and grilled him to reveal his source for his Twitter Files reporting, whom she suspected was Twitter owner Elon Musk. Taibbi refused to answer. Taibbi was granted access by Musk to Twitter’s archives last year and has been harassed by government officials since he began his reporting in December.

It was revealed that the IRS visited Taibbi’s home as he was giving his March 9 testimony to Congress about the Twitter Files. Taibbi was allegedly told that his 2018 and 2021 tax returns were rejected due to “concerns over identity theft.”

Taibbi, who had emerged as the most prolific Twitter Files reporter, has teased that more Twitter Files reporting is coming.


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