Computer shop owner at center of Hunter Biden laptop scandal sues Twitter over alleged defamation
John Paul Mac Isaac, 44, is the owner of a computer repair shop in Delaware that finds itself at the center of the Hunter Biden laptop scandal. Mac Isaac went public with the sketchy contents of Hunter Biden’s three damaged Apple laptops and is now suing Twitter for alleged defamation. He is claiming its content moderation unfairly branded him a “hacker.”
In October, The New York Post broke an exclusive story on one of the laptops and the damaging documents pertaining to Hunter Biden it contained. Biden left the laptops at the Mac Shop in April of 2019. He never came back for them and he did not pay the $85 repair bill. The business owner tried to contact Hunter multiple times to no avail.
When sufficient time had elapsed and it was obvious the owner would not come back, Mac Isaac viewed the contents. He backed them up and then gave copies to the FBI and to former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer, Robert Costello.
Mac Isaac said he had acted to pass on the laptop to Giuliani because he feared being killed because of what was in his possession saying: “I’m pretty vocal about not wanting to get murdered.”
Emails were on the laptop that detailed Hunter Biden’s questionable overseas business dealings. They are now reportedly part of a federal tax probe into President-elect Joe Biden’s beleaguered son. Twitter immediately blocked users from sharing The New York Post’s story online, claiming the reporting relied on “hacked materials.”
Mac Isaac is suing Twitter for defamation in U.S. District Court, claiming the company decided to “communicate to the world that [Mac Isaac] is a hacker.” He is charging that his business received threats and negative reviews after Twitter’s moderation and he is “now widely considered a hacker.” He was also the recipient of personal threats.
Mac Isaac claims that he was forced to close his store and alleges that Twitter acted with “malicious intent” by claiming that he had hacked Hunter Biden’s laptop. Mac Isaac is suing for $500 million in damages and a public retraction from Twitter.
Steve Bannon, who is a former adviser to President Trump, revealed the existence of the hard drive in question in late September and Giuliani provided The New York Post with a copy of it.
Mac Isaac stated in his lawsuit that he had no idea The New York Post was going to publish the contents of the laptop.
“Plaintiff was unaware that the NY POST had information from the hard drive or that a story was going to be published,” the suit states.
“Plaintiff did not want his name released to the public nor did he give authorization to Giuliani, [Giuliani’s attorney] Costello, or the NY POST to release his name.”
John Paul Mac Isaac, who owned a computer repair shop in Delaware, said weeks earlier that he was forced to close down after death threats in the wake of the laptop saga, released a video challenging the narrative that the computer was hacked.
— Johnnie Mac Sellers (@JohnHSellers2) December 29, 2020
Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter, appeared before Congress in October to justify the censoring of The New York Post’s articles and Twitter’s subsequent decision to lock The Post’s account for two weeks. Dorsey later admitted that was a mistake.
“We made a quick interpretation using no other evidence that the materials in the article were obtained through hacking, and according to our policy, we blocked them from being spread,” Dorsey testified.
“Upon further consideration, we admitted this action was wrong and corrected it within 24 hours.”
The emails and text messages found on the laptop detailed some of Hunter Biden’s business dealings in China and Ukraine and revealed how he sought to involve his father and profit off his powerful position.
Federal investigators reportedly are looking into whether Hunter and his business associates violated tax and money-laundering laws.
— Jack Maxey (@JackMaxey1) December 24, 2020
In September, Republican senators released a report on Hunter’s business affairs that alleged he “and his family were involved in a vast financial network that connected them to foreign nationals and foreign governments across the globe.”
Earlier in December, Mac Isaac released a YouTube video hitting back at the claims that he himself was a Russian hacker, insisting it was ‘absurd’ that anyone could believe he was a Russian agent and that he was a ‘proud’ American.
On December 5 he posted a three-minute video on YouTube which he titled: “The Truth” and said he wanted to “disprove any of the rumors and speculations regarding my actions and my character.”
Mac Isaac told the story of his grandfather, John Alexander Mac Isaac, a Scottish Canadian who flew and fought for the U.S. against the Soviets, in the early days of the Cold War.
Twitter was just sued for $500 million by computer repairman John Paul Mac Isaac who gave Hunter Biden's laptop to the authorities.
Twitter used its "moderation" to defame Isaac, destroy his business, and endanger his life.
Will social media now start paying for its crimes?
— Eddie Donovan (@EddieDonovan) December 29, 2020
He told of his father, Steve Mac Isaac, who followed in his footsteps to become a military pilot, flying gunships in Vietnam during a 30-year career in the armed forces.
“For two generations the Mac Isaac family has fought communism and the Soviets,” said Mac Isaac, to images of his father and grandfather, and a piano accompaniment.
He added that the saga has had “an irreversible impact on my business and my character.”
He stated that being labeled a hacker was “a death sentence in my industry.”
“For the record, I am not, nor have I ever been, a hacker – those guys make so much more than I do,” he said.