Delaware computer repairman who released contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop says he feels ‘vindicated’ after Elon Musk leaked internal communications showing effort by Twitter employees to censor Twitter New York Post’s explosive story about the president’s scandal-ridden son.
“Watching Elon release this material on Friday night was very exciting for me because [it proves] what I felt I knew all along was true and I feel vindicated,” John Paul Mac Issac told Fox News on Sunday.
In October 2020, the New York Post reported on the slice of damaging documents on the laptop that was left at Isaac’s repair shop in April 2019 but never recovered. Emails detailing Hunter Biden’s dodgy overseas business dealings are now believed to be part of an ongoing federal tax probe into President Joe Biden’s son, but social media giant Twitter immediately blocked users from sharing them online, claiming the information was based on “pirated material”.
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Issac later sued Twitter for defamation – arguing that the moderation of his content unfairly labeled him a “hacker”. The lawsuit was later dismissed, but Issac said his reputation – damaged by Twitter – essentially bankrupted him.
“I don’t know how many people know this, but I was financially ruined by Twitter last year,” he said on “Fox & Friends Sunday.” “I tried to salvage my career because Twitter called my actions a hack. I sued them in a libel suit. I think ultimately the goal of the opposition was to make sure that Twitter would cut my legs off and I would never have an opportunity to fight my battles in court again,” he said, “so obviously…I’m grateful to Elon.”
“If he wants free tech support,” Issac joked, “he’s got it.”
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Musk, who recently bought the platform, teamed up with Substack reporter Matt Taibbi to release a bombshell report – dubbed the “Twitter Files” – that revealed how high-level Twitter employees agreed to security measures. emergency moderation to stop the spread of Hunter. Biden’s story on the platform, using reasoning that the report violated Twitter’s “pirated materials” policy.
Issac said Musk’s report confirmed what he had long suspected that there had been a concerted effort to quash the New York Post story online, as detailed in his book “American Injustice.”
“When I saw the internet shutting down…the New York Post ran the story…you couldn’t find any discussion about it on the internet. It’s not something that happens naturally. It’s something which is coordinated and set up so that when the story broke they were going to be ready, they could flip a switch and they could turn it off,” he said. “And that’s exactly what happened.”
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Issac said he thinks he would have had a different legal outcome if Musk had bought Twitter sooner.
“If he had bought Twitter during the trial, I think things would have gone a little better for me. But you know, that’s how it is. And I’m grateful that the truth is out now and that I’m justified,” he said.
Fox News’ Gabriel Hays contributed to this report.