Hunter Biden sued Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, in a federal court in LA this week. He said Giuliani got his “Laptop from Hell” by “hacking,” after he left it at a computer shop in Delaware.
“The case filed by Biden says that the defendants are mainly to blame for what is being called the ‘total annihilation’ of the plaintiff’s digital privacy. Besides that, they are among the main people to blame for the ‘total destruction’ of Plaintiff’s data.”
Hunter Biden says that Giuliani along with his longtime attorney, Robert Costello, got into the laptop’s data without permission by “hacking into, tampering with it, copying, manipulating, disseminating, and just generally obsessing with regard to data they claimed they were given that had been taken or just stolen from the Plaintiff’s devices as well as storage platforms.”
Hunter Biden, who was addicted to crack at the time, abandoned his “Laptop from Hell” in Delaware at John Paul Mac Isaac’s computer repair business in 2019. Soon, the FBI came to the store to take the laptop, but Mac Isaac possessed a copy of the hard drive. Even though the FBI took the laptop, the information was sent to Giuliani before being disclosed to the New York Post, according to CNBC:
“In October 2020, one month prior to the Trump vs. Biden election, Giuliani allegedly provided material taken from Biden’s laptop to the New York Post, a publication controlled by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.”
“The Post then ran a story based on that information that said President Biden might have met with a worker from a Ukrainian company.”
“GOP-run House committees are looking into whether the president should be impeached because of claims that Joe Biden had a hand in his son’s allegedly shady business dealings. These claims are partly based on information found on the laptop.”
The Post had copies of the FBI’s request for the laptop to Mac Isaac at the time that it was published. The Post also showed a contract that Hunter Biden signed. It said that his computer was going to be considered abandoned within 90 days if he neglected to pay for the repair work and pick it up.
Many people in the media, up to 15, said Hunter’s laptop texts were probably “Russian disinformation.” This story from Politico, in which 51 intelligence officials said they thought the laptop was “Russian disinformation,” was used by many news sites as an example. It was also used to block the Post’s social media coverage. That claim turned out to be false.
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, said in 2022 that the FBI had told Facebook about a “dump” of “Russian propaganda” that was going to happen soon, just before the NY Post released the “Laptop from Hell” story. This made people less likely to share the article on Facebook to what he called a “meaningful” degree. Twitter famously blocked the story as well.
A study from the Technometrica Institute of Policy and Politics found that 79% of Americans think Trump would’ve won reelection in 2020 if voters were informed about Hunter’s laptop.