A media coalition that includes NBC News is proving that even if you cooperate with the FBI in their alleged investigation of January 6 events and admit to what they say you must admit to, you will, as a pro-Trump influencer, be subject to online harassment and extremely convenient “errors” if you fail to fully embrace your designation as a democracy-hating insurrectionist and refuse to “crawl in a hole and die.”
According to NBC News, Brandon Straka, a former liberal and founder of the #WalkAway movement on social media, received three months of home detention and three years of probation in January after taking a deal that had him plead guilty to disorderly and disruptive conduct on Capitol grounds on Jan. 6.
Given that many of the Jan. 6 political prisoners are still languishing in solitary confinement, Straka’s sentence was light, due at least in part to what Straka’s attorney described as his client’s “significant” cooperation with the FBI’s investigation of the events.
Prior to his sentencing, documents related to the details of that cooperation were placed under seal.
For whatever reason, a coalition of media companies that can’t, as a collective, be bothered to look into a legitimate story of national security when all the evidence is organized neatly on a laptop and handed to them decided that they had to know the dirt Straka may or may not have dished in exchange for a light sentence. They got together and filed a motion this week asking that the seal be lifted.
On GETTR last night, Brandon Straka called Simone Gold a friend and noted she’d already been arrested when he talked to the FBI about her.
But the feds say he’s selling himself short! In fact, the voicemail he provided was “valuable in the government’s prosecution.” pic.twitter.com/WYDAnKkLW7
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) July 29, 2022
Judge Dabney L. Friedrich immediately unsealed some of the documents, but when it came to whether or not the underlying attachments containing details of Straka’s cooperation should be unsealed, he wanted additional filings from both parties.
But don’t you know, when the documents the judge did unseal were delivered to the media coalition, in what NBC News has characterized as “an apparent error,” those underlying attachments — not yet unsealed by the court — were somehow included.
And rather than ask the judge if he meant to include those documents, NBC News and others ran with the ill-gotten content they were given, leaving Straka’s attorney to file a motion with the court requesting a hearing on the matter and Straka on GETTR, claiming the documents released were leaked.
Naturally, NBC News isn’t commenting on the careless handling of sensitive information by the court or the dangers that circulating that sealed information may pose to the person in question.
Instead, the news outlet published this: “According to the unsealed documents, some of the information that Straka provided tot he FBI was derogatory in nature and could support criminal charges. But Straka’s GETTR post ignored that, and he instead wrote that the majority of the people he spoke to the FBI about were his friends and that he didn’t say anything negative about them.”
“There is NOTHING WRONG with talking to the DOJ and telling them your friends are innocent,” Straka posted to his GETTR account. “I hope at some point people pull their heads out and begin focusing on the ACTUAL horror here — that sealed court documents were leaked from within the DOJ to the liberal media.”
NBC News could focus on that, but they seem to be more concerned with making Straka sound like a lying insurrectionist who caved when caught and ratted on his “Stop the Steal” buddies.
The media coalition seems particularly interested in Simone Goal, whom NBC News describes as an “anti-vaccine advocate,” and what NBC implies is Straka’s betrayal of their friendship.
“One of the names of the list was Simone Gold (now a friend of mine), and Simone was arrested and charged BEFORE I was,” Straka wrote on GETTR. “At the time of January 6th we barely knew each other.”
“According to prosecutors, however, Straka is really underselling the assistance he provided in their prosecution of the woman he now calls a friend,” NBC’s Ryan J. Reilly writes. “DOJ wrote in their own memo that Straka gave federal investigators critical information in the case because he ‘provided the government with voicemail messages that he received from Gold’ that were ‘valuable in the government’s prosecution.”
“Gold was sentenced to two months in federal prison in June,” Reilly adds.
The entire article, clearly meant to further punish Straka, continues with the same biased tone.
On Twitter, Reilly, NBC’s Justice reporter (let that irony sink in) is positively giddy over his receipt of information against court orders.
Brandon Straka: I told the FBI that my friends, like Simone Gold, did nothing wrong!
— Ryan J. Reilly (@ryanjreilly) July 29, 2022
Fortunately, not all journalists are as unscrupulous as Reilly.
AM Greatness Senior Writer Julie Kelly called the media coalition out on Twitter.
“To reiterate: Someone leaked sealed court documents to a coalition of press corporations in the case of Brandon Straka,” she tweeted, “and the reporters who know the material is under court-ordered seal published the information anyway.”
To reiterate: Someone leaked sealed court documents to a coalition of press corporations in the case of Brandon Straka and the reporters who know the material is under court-ordered seal published the information anyway.
— Julie Kelly 🇺🇸 (@julie_kelly2) July 29, 2022
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