Computer repairman sues CNN, congressman, others for falsely claiming data trove that he exposed was ‘Russian disinformation’
The Delaware computer technician who exposed data from a laptop left at his shop by President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, has sued US Representative Adam Schiff (D-California) and three media outlets for defaming him by suggesting that he was an agent of a Russian disinformation campaign.
John Paul Mac Isaac’s lawsuit against Schiff, CNN, Politico, and the Daily Beast was filed on Tuesday at Montgomery County Circuit Court in Rockville, Maryland, seeking at least $1 million in actual damages and far more in punitive damages. Mac Isaac claimed that his reputation and business was destroyed by the portrayal of him as a criminal who conspired with Russia to influence the 2020 Presidential election.
The filing was first reported by the New York Post, which also broke the story on alleged influence-peddling by the Biden family in October 2020 – just 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 spoke to the Post Tuesday.
The infamous laptop became Mac Isaac’s property after Hunter Biden dropped it off at his shop for repairs in April 2019 and never came back. According to reports, the repairman gave the FBI a copy the hard drive in December 2019. Rudy Giuliani (a Trump lawyer) also received the data and provided it to the Post.
This scoop was discredited or censored by the major media outlets and social media. Ex-intelligence officers from America suggested the datatrove could be Russian disinformation. Joe Biden made this false claim while running for president.
“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.
The lawsuit must reveal collusion. And, more importantly who was given the marching order.
Mac Isaac claimed Schiff, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee defamed his character in a CNN interview. “the whole smear on Joe Biden comes from the Kremlin.”He said CNN had knowingly published a false story linking Russia’s laptop with it. Similar allegations were made about Politico’s and Daily Beast reports.
The laptop scandal was confirmed by legacy media outlets months after Biden became president. Ironically, last September, Politico reported that an independent verification of the authenticity key laptop emails had been made by the reporter for the publication. This contradicts earlier reports from his newspaper. Earlier this year, the New York Times and the Washington Post confirmed the Hunter Biden emails’ authenticity.
Mac Isaac stated that he had been falsely accused of Russian spying and was forced by his employer to close down and hide in Colorado. After people started throwing vegetables, eggs and dog excrement at him, he closed his repair shop. He received hate mail, death threats, and even threats to his life.
The 45-year-old Mac Isaac sued Twitter last year for allegedly defaming him as a criminal hacker by censoring the Post’s laptop scoop on the false claim that it was based on hacked materials. A judge dismissed that suit last September because Twitter never identified Mac Isaac, and the technician was ordered to pay the social media platform’s legal fees, amounting to about $175,000.
Mac Isaac’s latest legal action is being funded by the America Project, a group led by businessman Patrick Byrne, retired Army General Michael Flynn, and Flynn’s brother, Joseph Flynn. “My team is happy to provide the financial resources to allow John Paul Mac Isaac to seek true justice,”Joseph Flynn.
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He stated that he hopes to reveal the origins of attempts to destroy the laptop story. “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 said.