A Delaware computer repairer who made public the sordid content on Hunter Biden’s hard drive is now suing Twitter for libel – claiming that moderation of its content unfairly branded him a “hacker.”
In October, The Post exclusively reported on the slice of damaged documents on the laptop that was left in John Paul Mac Isaac’s repair store in April 2019 but was never recovered.
Emails detailing Hunter Biden’s shady business dealings overseas were said to be part of a federal tax investigation into scandal-scarred President-elect Joe Biden’s son, but social media giant Twitter immediately barred them. users share it online, claiming the report was based on “ pirated documents. . “
Mac Isaac sues Twitter for defamation in US district court, claiming the company has decided to “communicate to the world [Mac Isaac] is a hacker. ”
But Miami federal judge Beth Bloom quickly dismissed the case on Monday, ruling that “the court had no substantive jurisdiction” because the lawsuit says Mac Isaac is a Delaware citizen and Twitter is incorporated into it. .
“The only basis for competence in this matter is the diversity of citizenship,” Bloom wrote.
“Thus, by accepting the allegations of the complaint as true, the complaint does not allege complete diversity.”
Bloom issued his order without prejudice, meaning the lawsuit could be dismissed if the proper jurisdiction is established.
One of Mac Isaac’s attorneys, Brian Della Rocca, said on Tuesday: “We are dealing with the order now.”
“We have not decided whether we will re-file at the federal level after addressing the judge’s concerns or whether we will file in State Court,” he added via email.
Mac Isaac claimed his company received threats and negative criticism after Twitter moderation and that he was “now widely viewed as a hacker.” He also received personal threats.
In his lawsuit, the Delaware man said he was forced to shut down his store and alleges Twitter acted with “malicious intent” by claiming he hacked Hunter Biden’s laptop.
He is seeking $ 500 million in damages and a public retraction from the company.
According to Mac Isaac, the customer who brought in the MacBook Pro for repair in 2019 never paid for the service or got it back, or for a hard drive its contents were stored on. The store owner was unable, after several attempts, to contact the customer.
Before turning the laptop over to the FBI in December, Mac Isaac made a copy of the hard drive and then gave it to former mayor Rudy Giuliani’s attorney, Robert Costello.
Steve Bannon, former adviser to President Trump, told The Post about the hard drive’s existence in late September and Giuliani provided the Post with a copy.
In his suit, Mac Isaac said he had no idea The Post was going to publish the contents of the laptop.
“The plaintiff did not know that the NY POST had information on the hard drive or that a story was going to be published,” the lawsuit read.
âThe applicant did not want his name made public nor did he give permission to Giuliani, [Giulianiâs attorney] Costello, or NY POST to release his name. “
Twitter founder Jack Dorsey was dragged to Congress at the end of October to explain the platform’s unprecedented censorship of articles and Twitter’s subsequent decision to lock The Post’s account for two weeks – a move Dorsey later admitted was a mistake.
The emails and texts first reported by The Post detailed some of Hunter Biden’s business dealings in China and Ukraine and revealed how he sought to involve his father and profit from his high office.
Federal investigators are reportedly investigating whether Hunter and his associates violated tax and money laundering laws.
In September, Republican senators released a report on Hunter’s business affairs that “he and his family were involved in a vast financial network that linked them to foreign nationals and foreign governments across the world.”