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John Paul Mac Isaac, the owner of the computer repair shop where the laptop of President Joe Biden’s eldest son, Hunter, turned up in 2019, has filed a $75,000 federal lawsuit against Twitter for smearing him as a hacker and thus hurting his business.
As previously reported, in April of 2019 someone dropped off a laptop at Isaac’s business but never returned to retrieve it. When Isaac later examined the laptop, he found photos and videos of Hunter smoking crack and consorting with hookers, as well as shocking emails about certain sketchy deals (potentially illegal ones) with a Communist China energy firm.
Long story short, he eventually handed the laptop to the FBI, but after the federal agency seemingly refused to take any action, he passed it on to the New York Post, which scoured its contents and then published them in a bombshell report.
In response, the left-wing mainstream establishment media pressured big tech giants like Facebook and Twitter into censoring the story. Both complied, but for different reasons. Facebook accused the story of containing so-called misinformation, whereas Twitter accused it of containing “content obtained through hacking.”
Twitter essentially implied that Isaac is a hacker versus a legitimate computer repair shop operator. This, he claims in his suit, damaged his business catastrophically.
“Plaintiff is not a hacker and the information obtained from the computer does not constitute hacked materials because Plaintiff lawfully gained access to the computer, first with the permission of its owner, Biden, and then, after Biden failed to retrieve the recovered data despite Plaintiff’s reuses, in accordance with the Mac Shop’s abandoned property police,” the suit reads.
It continues, “Plaintiff, as a direct result of Defendant Twitter’s actions and statements, is now widely considered a hacker.”
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“Twitter knew or should have known that its statement that the New York Post’s story contained hacked materials would cause harm to the Plaintiff,” the suit continues.
“The statements allege that Plaintiff committed crimes including (but not limited to) computer hacking of the son of the Democratic Party nominee, now President, Joe Biden. The implication of an attempt to undermine American democracy and the 2020 presidential election is obvious.”
In a video message published in early December, Isaac explained in his own words how Twitter’s defamatory claims had affected him.
“I am not nor, have I ever been a hacker. Those guys make so much more money than I did. I was hired but never paid to perform a data transfer from a MacBook Pro to an external hard drive. The signed paperwork clearly states the process and sets the expectations. There’s no magic or Hollywood,” he said.
“The process is no different than dragging and dropping from a USB drive. The only difference is I had to perform some surgery on the Mac to get it to boot to the point where I could recover the data. Io imply that I’m a hacker, that information is hacked, has had an irreversible impact on my business and my character.”
In another video published last month, he went into further detail about how much this whole ordeal has affected his life but pinned most of the blame on the FBI.
“I still can’t believe everything that has happened. I wouldn’t have to be here telling my story if people had done their job and followed the law. I would still have a business, I would still have a place in my community, I’d still have my friends I’d still be in my home safe, sleeping in my own bed, but I no longer have any of these things because people refuse to do their job,” he said.
“After the FBI abandoned me and at great cost, I tried to get the truth to the highest levels of our government, and I would discover that that cost there’s no end. I never wanted to cause any additional pain to the client. From what I had seen, he had been suffering for quite some time, and I wasn’t going to add to that. My goal was to give the criminal material to law enforcement and to the Department of Justice and never to the press or to profit off of selling the story to a tablet.”
Isaac’s suit against Twitter is in fact the second one he’s filed. The first one was thrown out in December because of a rule that prohibits plaintiffs from suing a defendant in federal court if both parties are from the same state.
Because Twitter was incorporated in Delaware and Isaac is reportedly a Delaware resident, the judge overseeing the case interpreted it as a violation. To bypass the rule, the new lawsuit argues that Twitter “maintains an office” in Florida.
“Twitter’s actions and statements had the specific intent to communicate to its users, including its Florida resident users, that Plaintiff is a hacker and/or hacked the published materials,” the lawsuit reads.
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