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DOJ states it cannot disclose Biden-Hur interview due to AI deepfake threat



The Justice Department is facing a legal challenge regarding President Biden’s interview with Special Counsel Robert Hur, with concerns about potential deepfakes. The department argued that releasing the audio could lead to malicious manipulation and distribution of altered recordings. Biden’s administration is under pressure to release the audio, which has already led to embarrassing moments for the president in the released transcript. Hur’s report, which declared Biden to be forgetful but well-meaning, highlighted instances where Biden struggled to recall key details. The DNC paid lawyers representing Biden during the investigation, which has raised suspicions among House Republicans.

After being outraged at Hur’s report depicting him as elderly and mentally incompetent, Biden exerted executive privilege over the recording of his interview. House Speaker Mike Johnson suggested that the tapes confirm the findings of the report and that Biden is using his power to suppress their release out of fear. Some Republicans have speculated that the transcript of the interview may have been edited to protect Biden from embarrassment, but the DOJ denied these claims. Only minor adjustments were made to the transcript, such as removing repeated or filler words.

The DOJ’s filing stressed the potential dangers of releasing the audio, warning of the ease with which deepfakes could be passed off as authentic recordings. This concern is amplified by advancements in audio and artificial intelligence technologies. Biden’s administration is facing pressure from conservative legal groups and House Republicans to release the audio, even though the transcript has already revealed embarrassing moments for the president. Hur’s report, which portrayed Biden as forgetful but well-meaning, highlighted instances where Biden struggled to recall key details about his life.

Despite Biden’s exertion of executive privilege over the recording, House Republicans and conservative legal groups continue to push for its release. Concerns about the potential for deepfakes and malicious manipulation of the audio have led the DOJ to argue against its release. The DOJ’s filing emphasized the risks associated with releasing the audio, suggesting that it would make it easier for malicious actors to pass off manipulated recordings as authentic. Biden’s administration is facing scrutiny over its handling of the situation, with Republicans speculating about potential discrepancies between the audio and the transcript.

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