John Paul Mac Isaac, the whistleblower of Hunter Biden’s laptop, has sued popular media outlets CNN, Politico, and the Daily Beast for falsely claiming that it was Russian disinformation.
The Delaware computer technician who disclosed data on a laptop left at his shop by President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, has sued US Representative Adam Schiff (D-California) and three news outlets for defaming him by implying that he was a Russian disinformation agent.
On Tuesday, John Paul Mac Isaac filed a lawsuit in Montgomery County Circuit Court in Rockville, Maryland, against Schiff, CNN, Politico, and the Daily Beast, demanding at least $1 million in actual damages and far more in punitive damages. Mac Isaac alleged that smearing him as a treasonous criminal who colluded with the Russians to sway the 2020 presidential election ruined his business and reputation.
The New York Post broke the article on alleged influence-peddling by the Biden family in October 2020, only three weeks before the election, based on emails from Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop. “After fighting to reveal the truth, all I want now is for the rest of the country to know that there was a collective and orchestrated effort by social and mainstream media to block a real story with real consequences for the nation,” Mac Isaac told the Post on Tuesday.
Hunter Biden dropped the infamous laptop down at Mac Isaac’s shop for repairs in April 2019 and never returned. In December 2019, the repairman allegedly handed a copy of the hard drive to the FBI, who then shared the information with Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for then-President Donald Trump, who released a copy to the Washington Post.
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The scoop was blocked on social media, and major media outlets ignored or discredited it. More than 50 former US intelligence officials claimed the data collection was Russian disinformation, an allegation Joe Biden repeated during his presidential campaign.
“This was collusion led by 51 former pillars in the intelligence community and backed by words and actions of a politically motivated DOJ and FBI,” Mac Isaac said.
I want this lawsuit to reveal that collusion and more importantly, who gave the marching orders.
Mac Isaac said that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff defamed him by declaring in a CNN interview that “the whole smear on Joe Biden comes from the Kremlin.” CNN willfully broadcasted a defamatory report falsely attributing the laptop to Russia, according to him. He made similar claims about Politico and the Daily Beast reports.
Legacy media outlets began to corroborate the laptop scandal months after Biden came into office. Last September, a Politico reporter said that he had independently validated the authenticity of crucial emails from the laptop, contradicting previous statements by his own publication. The authenticity of the Hunter Biden emails was established earlier this year by the New York Times and the Washington Post.
Mac Isaac said that he was falsely accused of being a Russian spy, and that he was forced to close his repair shop and flee to Colorado when people threw vegetables, eggs, and dog poo at his establishment. He also received a lot of death threats and hate mail.
Last year, Mac Isaac, 45, sued Twitter for defaming him as a criminal hacker by suppressing the Washington Post’s laptop scoop based on the false assertion that it was based on hacked documents. Last September, a judge rejected the lawsuit because Twitter failed to identify Mac Isaac, and the technician was ordered to pay the social media platform’s legal fees, which totaled roughly $175,000 at the time.
The America Project, sponsored by businessman Patrick Byrne, former Army General Michael Flynn, and Flynn’s brother, Joseph Flynn, is funding Mac Isaac’s current legal action. Joseph Flynn commented, “My team is happy to provide the financial resources to allow John Paul Mac Isaac to seek true justice.”
The plaintiff stated that he intends to uncover the source of the laptop story’s attack. “The fight to get to the bottom of who told everyone this was Russian disinformation is far more important for the nation than me clearing my name,” Mac Isaac added.