Last Updated on July 7, 2022
Alan MacLeod of MintPress News has released a bombshell exposé that details the large number of FBI employees hired by Twitter over the last five years. Mintpress reviewed a number of sources, including a number of employment and recruitment websites, and found that Twitter has hired a number of national security state officials for positions in security, trust, safety and content.
The most well represented former employer at Twitter is the FBI. In 2019, Dawn Burton left her role as senior innovation officer to the FBI in order to become senior director of strategy and operations for legal, public policy, trust and safety at Twitter. Burton previously served as the director of Washington operations for Lockheed Martin.
The following year, Karen Walsh joined Twitter after 21 years with the bureau in order to become the director of corporate resilience. Twitter’s deputy general counsel and vice president of legal, Jim Baker, also spent four years at the FBI between 2014 and 2018, where he was a strategic advisor.
Like Walsh, Mark Jaroszewski left the FBI after 21 years and immediately joined Twitter. After working with the bureau in the Bay Area, he joined the big tech giant and is now the director of corporate security and risk.
Douglas Turner spent 14 years as a senior special agent and SWAT Team leader before jumping ship to serve in Twitter’s corporate and executive security services. Previously, Turner had also spent seven years as a secret service special agent with the Department of Homeland Security, MintPress reported.
Former FBI agent and whistleblower Coleen Rowley told MintPress that she was “not surprised at all” to see FBI agents occupying high positions within social media companies. Rowley stated that there is now a “revolving door” between the FBI and the areas they are trying to regulate.
“The truth is that at the FBI 50% of all the normal conversations that people had were about how you were going to make money after retirement,” Rowley said.
You can read the full bombshell report here.