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Hunter Biden Laptop Repairman’s Lawsuit Against Twitter Dismissed

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The owner of a computer repair store filed a lawsuit against Twitter, claiming that the platform defamed him when it censored the New York Post’s story on Hunter Biden.

The lawsuit was dismissed Monday, the same day it was filed.

The case was dismissed without prejudice. It could be filed again if Isaac was able to establish that the court has jurisdiction to hear the case.

“The Court cannot conclude that Defendant [Twitter] is a Florida citizen. 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 in a statement, according to lawandcrime.com.

John Paul Mac Isaac, the owner of the repair store, filed a $500 million libel lawsuit Monday, saying he was labeled a “hacker” causing him to lose business.

The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, explained that Isaac was hired to repair Hunter Biden’s laptop in April 2019, but Biden never came to pick up his laptop, despite Isaac reaching out to him at least twice.

In a YouTube video uploaded by Isaac, he states he is not a hacker and was hired to perform a data transfer from a MacBook Pro to an external hard drive.

Before turning over the laptop to the FBI, Isaac made a copy of the hard drive and gave it to former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer, Robert Costello. Giuliani provided the information to the Post concerning Biden and his business dealings with Ukraine.

Shortly after the Post published its story, Twitter suspended the newspaper’s Twitter account and prevented users from sharing links to the story, citing a policy against “distribution of hacked material” and labeling the story as potentially coming from hacked material.

According to The Verge, Isaac claims Twitter made this decision to “communicate to the world that [Mac Isaac] is a hacker.”

He says that his business began to receive threats and negative reviews after Twitter’s censorship decision and that he is “now widely considered a hacker” because of Twitter.

He also said he had to close his business “as a direct result” of Twitter’s “false statements.”

“To imply that I’m a hacker or that the information was hacked has had a irreversible impact on my business and my character,” Isaac said in his YouTube video.

According to the lawsuit, Isaac had no knowledge that The Post was going to publish the contents of the laptop.

“Plaintiff was unaware that the NY POST had information from the hard drive or that a story was going to be published,” the lawsuit wrote.

“Plaintiff did not want his name released to the public nor did he give authorization to Giuliani, [Giuliani’s attorney] Costello, or the NY POST to release his name.”

Isaac demanded $500 million in damages and a public retraction from Twitter.

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Shanghai: China’s Potemkin Village

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Following a recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has imposed a month-long draconian lockdown on the residents of Shanghai. The CCP has used the outbreak to persecute its own citizens, including through forced evictions and quarantines, and placing alarms on doors to prevent COVID-19 people from leaving their homes. The harsh measures have resulted in food and healthcare shortages and separation of families.

But of course, we wouldn’t know that by reading the CCP-run press readily available in the United States. Instead of presenting the facts, the CCP engages in a comprehensive propaganda campaign that props up Shanghai as a Chinese Potemkin village. The CCP media asserts that China’s actions in Shanghai are benevolent and wise, while Western criticism is a product of malice. Chinese state-run media also insists that the Shanghai lockdown promotes economic stability in China and the world.

Claim 1: China Has the Best Policy for Combating COVID-19

The CCP media portray the Shanghai lockdown as the best and ideal policy. As cited by a XinhuaNet editorial, “China’s dynamic zero-COVID approach” is “the best option to save lives,” according to a “Rwandan researcher and publisher,” “…a miracle for us to learn,” according to a Kenyan scholar, and “a very ideal response,” according to Ethiopia’s National COVID-19 Response Task Force Coordinator. According to CCP media, Chinese citizens have greeted the Shanghai lockdown warmly, even with “[a] mixed sense of intensity, unity and hopefulness,” according to China Daily.

Claim 2: The West Hypocritically Defames China

The CCP press also accuses the West of lying about the Shanghai lockdown, and using COVID policies for nefarious ends. According to XinhuaNet, “Shanghai…has never imposed what Western media described as a ‘lockdown.’” Other CCP editorials actually accuse the West of malice. One Global Times editorial claims that the lockdown “has been deliberately exaggerated by the West.” Another Global Times editorial asserts that the Western approach of “coexisting with the virus” amounts to a way “…to drive out a large number of the vulnerable people with low immunity,” and a form of “cruel social Darwinism.”

Claim 3: China’s COVID Policies Result in an Economic Windfall to China and the World

The CCP also portrays the lockdown as necessary to achieve great economic growth in China and beyond. One Global Times editorial, while conceding that the lockdown amounted to a “sealing-off,” it is “a temporary measure to better resume work and production and to make the economy and society function more effectively. Its effectiveness has been proven.” According to another Global Times editorial, China’s policy is “widely considered to be the best strategy…to both contain the epidemic and ensure stable economic development.”

In an Orwellian fashion, Chinese press claims that China is solving, not causing, the world’s economic problems. According to XinhuaNet, “China has played a decisive role in stabilizing the global economy and resuming the supply chain disrupted by COVID-19.” Citing a Bloomberg article, the same XinhuaNet editorial claims that China “has prevented a huge number of deaths at home and ensured that everything from iPhones and Teslas to fertilizer and car parts continues to flow to the rest of the world.” Chinese citizens, of course, are collateral damage: Ji Qiwei, vice-general manager of SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle, stated that “The domestic market may be impacted a little by the COVID-19 outbreak this year, but our export market will continue to see strong growth,” according to China Daily.

While the world continues to suffer economic and human damage as a result of COVID-19, China continues to revise history regarding its role. Through its propaganda in its English publications of Xinhua, China Daily, and Global Times, China seeks to portray itself as a benevolent force in the fight against the virus.

You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic

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