“To imply that I’m a hacker or that information is hacked has an an irreversible impact on my business and my character.”
Computer repairman John Paul Mac Isaac provided the explosive information in The New York Post‘s expose on Hunter Biden after he gave Hunter’s hard drive to Rudy Giuliani.
Twitter stopped users from sharing the Post’s articles because it came from hacked material.
Now Mac Isaac has sued Twitter for defamation and wants $500 million in damages along with a public retraction.
In the lawsuit, Mac Isaac noted he talked to the FBI and Mr. Robert Costello, an attorney for Giuliani, between July 2019 and October 2020.
The Post received the hard drive from Hunter’s computer from Giuliani, not Mac Isaac.
Therefore, Mac Isaac did not know the Post had the hard drive. He did not want the Post to print his name or give anyone permission to report his name.
But the Post named Mac Isaac in its stories about Hunter along with a photo of his store The Mac Shop.
The story caught fire on social media, mainly because of the “hacked materials” explanation from Twitter. The platform locked the Post’s Twitter account.
Twitter defines “hack” as “an intrusion or access of a computer, network, or electronic device that was unauthorized or exceeded authorized access.” The platform also says it would label anything as “hacked materials” to any “information obtained through a hack.”
The lawsuit alleges that the “Defendant’s actions and statements had the specific intent to communicate to the world that Plaintiff is a hacker.”
Mac Isaac insists he “is not a hacker” and that he legally obtained the information from Hunter’s computer when he dropped it off and then when he “failed to retrieve the hard drive despite Plaintiff’s requests, in accordance with the Mac Shop’s abandoned property policy.”
The computer repairman also states that Twitter’s actions directly caused him to be “considered a hacker and, on the same day Defendant categorized the Plaintiff as a hacker, Plaintiff began to receive negative reviews of his business as well as threats to his person and property.”
Mac Isaac had to close his shop.
The information on Hunter’s hard drive is part of an FBI money laundering investigation launched in 2019.
The lawsuit comes only two weeks after Mac Isaac defended himself in a YouTube video. His lawsuit basically reiterates his claim in the video:
“For two generations, the Mac Isaac family has fought for the entirety of the Cold War against communism in the ’70s,” Mac Isaac says in a 3-minute YouTube video titled “The truth” and posted Dec. 5.
“That’s why it’s completely absurd that why anyone would ever consider me to be a Russian agent or influenced by Russians. I am proud of my family, I’m proud of my country. I am proud to be an American.”
The owner of the now-shuttered Mac Shop in Wilmington also dispelled rumors that he’s a hacker, calling the term 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 money than I do. I was hired — never paid — to perform a data transfer from a Macbook Pro to an external hard drive,” he says, showing the invoice with Hunter Biden’s signature at the bottom of the document.
“The signed paperwork clearly states the process and sets the expectations. There’s no magic or Hollywood. The process is no different than dragging or dropping from a USB drive. The only difference is I had to perform some surgery on the Mac to get it to boot.”
He adds, “To imply that I’m a hacker or that information is hacked has an an irreversible impact on my business and my character.”
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