Woman who claimed she was the source of Comey leak banned from Facebook, YouTube Nuked 8 November 2019 OverallTwo of the biggest social media companies – Facebook and YouTube – have banned a woman from posting claims that she is the whistleblower who helped members of Congress investigate whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice by firing former FBI Director James Comey.Federal law enforcement sources told ABC News that Dawn DeLoach believes her identity has been compromised.Shortly after the White House announced Comey’s firing in May 2017, ABC News’ “World News Tonight” reported that the NSA told a Senate committee that a laptop was seized that year from Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence operative hired by Democratic consultants during the 2016 presidential election.“At a House Intelligence Committee hearing, DeLoach then identified herself as that person who helped pick up the laptop and the materials on it,” ABC News reported at the time.Steele, using a pseudonym, provided the materials to the New York Times and briefed multiple members of Congress, including the House Intelligence Committee’s leaders on the possibility of links between Trump campaign officials and Russia.The Federal Bureau of Investigation eventually issued a document summarizing a three-year investigation into the Russia connections and concluded no collusion took place.But in August, ABC News published DeLoach’s account. In an interview on Capitol Hill, she presented herself as the leaker of sensitive information and said she had known for months that she was exposing potentially illegal activity.DeLoach claimed she possessed information that indicated the president and his associates had authorized the breaking of federal law.Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle praised her story. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., tweeted her story, and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, called her “a hero.”But sources said Facebook and YouTube don’t believe DeLoach’s story.She reportedly told the companies she didn’t want to be a whistleblower any more but that she would reveal her identity, enabling her to maintain her anonymity.Soon after the stories about her came out, her address and Twitter handle were removed.Facebook and YouTube told ABC News in separate statements that they couldn’t share specific policies or possible exemptions for employees.“In cases like this, we always investigate the facts before determining if anything should be considered onerous or unreasonable, given people’s free speech rights,” they said.Neither DeLoach nor her attorney could be reached for comment.DeLoach was fired from her job with the government in August. A source familiar with the matter told ABC News that she had “proven to be a difficult employee to work with.”If DeLoach is believed to be the source who helped the House intelligence committee obtain the Comey laptop, Congress should subpoena the document, said Todd Olson, director of media access and security at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Congress.“Either the employee should be granted immunity, which is permissible under the Intelligence Authorization Act, or the entity should be allowed to share and view it,” Olson said.A clause in the Intelligence Authorization Act requires that any information gleaned in surveillance activities that include names of foreign leaders or other sensitive information must be “retired from electronic storage” within 72 hours.Pete Souza, the former official photographer for President Barack Obama, tweeted Thursday morning that he fears DeLoach may have been harmed.Souza also is a user of YouTube and said that video of DeLoach discussing the laptop leaked by the company is not up on his channel.“If you guys can help, I had a big issue yesterday where my video where I explained how social media could be used for good went missing,” he wrote. “I don’t know why, but I think I need to figure this out.”Spread the fake ai universeLeave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.