A far-left delegate in the U.S. Congress has threatened one of the leading “Twitter Files” journalists with jail time over an alleged mistake in his reporting.
Just The News reports that Stacey Plaskett (D-V.I.), the congressional delegate from the Virgin Islands who has become a darling of the far-Left in recent months, wrote a letter to former Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi over a typo in his reporting. The error involves Taibbi’s use of the acronym CISA, which he used in reference to the Center for Internet Freedom (CIS); CISA is the official acronym for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
However, despite the issue being a clear mistake rather than a direct and intentional lie, Plaskett harassed Taibbi with false accusations of lying about a government agency.
“This mistake is important because, by adding an ‘A,’ you weren’t making a harmless spelling error,” Plaskett wrote. “Rather, you were alleging that CISA—a government entity—was working with the EIP [Election Integrity Partnership] to have posts removed from social media.”
“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.” Plaskett presented no evidence that Taibbi’s typo was “intentional.”
Despite this, Plaskett then went on to declare that Taibbi may have committed perjury as a result of his mistake, citing that, prior to his congressional testimony on March 9, Taibbi acknowledged that “knowingly providing material false information to this committee/subcommittee or knowingly concealing material information from this committee/subcommittee, is a crime (18 U.S.C. 1001).”
“Under the federal perjury statute, 18 U.S.C. 1621, proving false information is punishable by up to five years’ imprisonment,” Plaskett threatened.
Taibbi is one of the leading independent journalists who was recruited by Twitter owner Elon Musk to gradually release internal documents and other data exposing the corruption, left-wing bias, and other possibly illegal practices by Twitter’s former leadership, prior to Musk’s purchase of the company last year. Taibbi and others would then post the information in lengthy Twitter threads, which have since come to be known as the “Twitter Files.”