Fact Check: Did Infowars Release the ‘Secret FISA Memo’?

Weekly Standard – by Holmes Lybrand

Caricature-extraordinaire Alex Jones claimed on Tuesday to have in his possession THE secret FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) memo that congressional Republicans are calling to be declassified so as to demonstrate surveillance abuses.

“Congress is writing their report on this memo,” Jones said on his program.  


Jones’s website Infowars published an article with the title, “Exclusive: Infowars Releases Secret FISA Memo” and claimed that the document was “reportedly classified.”

The document is so secret it was, as the article states, “hiding in plain site [sic].” That’s correct. In fact, the document on the Infowars website has been declassified and publically available for quite some time. Which means it is not, in fact, the classified memo drafted by the House Intelligence Committee, which THE WEEKLY STANDARD has written about, and which Rep. Matt Gaetz called “jaw-dropping.”

The declassified document can be found on the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s website, as TWS contributor Jeryl Bier pointed out on Twitter.

Later in his show, Jones claimed that he knew it was an already released document, a fact that was missed when writing the follow-up article.

Perhaps next week I’ll release my mom’s “secret” brownie recipe (psst, it’s on the box).


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