The Delaware computer repair shop owner who leaked the hard drive from Hunter Biden’s laptop has filed another lawsuit against Twitter.
The story: John Paul Mac Isaac, the owner of the Delaware computer shop that was at the heart of the Biden laptop scandal, filed the lawsuit on Thursday in the Southern District of Florida.
The complaint claims that Mac Isaac had to close his business because Twitter declared the information on the laptop as hacked materials and consequently, implied that he was a hacker. Mac Isaac argues that Twitter’s actions damaged his reputation and accuses the company of defamation.
“Plaintiff is not a hacker and the information obtained from the computer does not constitute hacked materials because Plaintiff lawfully gained access to the computer, first with the permission of its owner, Biden, and then, after Biden failed to retrieve the recovered data despite Plaintiff’s reuses, in accordance with the Mac Shop’s abandoned property police,” the lawsuit reads. “Plaintiff, as a direct result of Defendant Twitter’s actions and statements, is now widely considered a hacker.”
He also wants Twitter to “make a public retraction of all false statements and to issue a public apology” to him.
Not a first: Mac Isaac previously sued Twitter for defamation, claiming the company’s “hacked materials” argument led to negative reviews of his business and threats because the platform “communicate to the world that [Mac Isaac] is a hacker.” A judge in the same court dismissed the complaint, the same day it was filed. The judge explained in a statement that he failed to prove that he is a citizen of Florida.
The Complaint merely alleges that Defendant maintains an office in Florida, but it does not allege where the ‘principal place of business’ is located,” the judge said.
The new lawsuit tries to fix that. It notes that Mac Isaac now lives in Colorado but that Twitter is located in Florida and caused the alleged damage while Mac Isaaac was doing business in the state. “Twitter’s actions and statements had the specific intent to communicate to its users, including its Florida resident users, that Plaintiff is a hacker and/or hacked the published materials,” the complaint notes.
How we got here: The New York Post in October reported on part of the contents of what is believed to be Hunter’s Biden laptop that raised questions about his foreign business dealings and President Joe Biden’s involvement in them. The Post said that it obtained the information from a hard disk provided to the paper by Rudy Guilliani.
Guilliani said he got it from Mac Isaac’s repair shop, where a person left the laptop for repairs but never returned for it or paid the bill. Mac Isaac also gave a copy to the FBI. Biden has never said that the laptop does not belong to him.
But, when the Post story started to pick up steam, Twitter blocked it on the platform, saying it was in violations of its rules against hacked materials. There was never any indication that the information in the story was hacked and Twitter later acknowledged that it bungled its response to the report.
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