Laptop ‘disinformation’: John Paul Mac Isaac sues CNN, Politico, Adam Schiff

by WorldTribune Staff / 247 Real News May 4, 2022

The Delaware computer repairman who turned Hunter Biden’s laptop over to the FBI and Rudy Giuliani has filed defamation lawsuits against several media outlets and Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff.

John Paul Mac Isaac filed suits against CNN, Politico, The Daily Beast and Schiff. Each is charged with defamation after accusing Mac Isaac of distributing Russian misinformation, the New York Post’s Miranda Devine, who broke the Hunter Biden laptop story in October 2020, reported on May 3.

John Paul Mac Isaac

“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,” Isaac told the New York Post.

“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,” he continued. “I want this lawsuit to reveal that collusion and more importantly, who gave the marching orders.”

“Twitter initially labeled my action hacking, so for the first day after my information was leaked, I was bombarded with hate mail and death threats revolving around the idea that I was a hacker, a thief and a criminal,” Mac Isaac said.

Schiff, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, “has some explaining” to do, Mac Isaac added.

“Without any intel, the head of the intel committee decided to share with CNN and its viewers a complete and utter lie,” Mac Isaac said. “A lie issued in the protection of a preferred presidential candidate.”

In the lawsuit, which was filed in Montgomery County, Maryland, Mac Isaac claims Schiff defamed him in an interview on CNN two days after the Post began publishing revelations from the laptop.

In the interview with Wolf Blitzer, Schiff told the CNN host — without citing evidence — that he believed “the Kremlin” was behind a smear of Joe and Hunter Biden.

“Well, we know that this whole smear on Joe Biden comes from the Kremlin. That’s been clear for well over a year now that they’ve been pushing this false narrative about the vice president and his son,” Schiff told Blitzer, according to the suit.

The suit claims CNN knowingly broadcast the “false and defamatory story” that the laptop was linked to a Russian disinformation campaign. “CNN’s broadcast of the false statement accuses the Plaintiff of committing an infamous crime, i.e., treason by working with the Russians to commit a crime against the United States of America by attempting to undermine American democracy and the 2020 Presidential election,” the suit states.

Mac Isaac accuses the Daily Beast and Politico of peddling disinformation about the laptop.

The Daily Beast claimed the laptop was “purloined” — which Mac Isaac says alleges that he stole the computer — in an article headlined “FBI Examining Hunter’s Laptop as Foreign Op, Contradicting Trump’s Intel Czar,” the suit states.

And in an infamous story on Politico, the website reported dozens of former intel officials believed the laptop to be “Russian disinfo.”

“The article was written by journalist Natasha Bertrand, who seemingly has a history of transforming speculation into fact in the stories upon which she reports,” the suit states.

Attorney Brian Della Rocca said Mac Isaac is seeking “at least $1 million in compensatory damages [and] punitive damages which will be the much bigger number and will be determined at trial.”

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