Headline RoundupSeptember 26th, 2023

Hunter Biden Sues Rudy Giuliani Over Laptop Data

Summary from AllSides News Team

Hunter Biden has sued Rudy Giuliani and his lawyer, Robert Costello, for allegedly hacking data from his laptop.

Key Details: The federal lawsuit claims that Giuliani and Costello tampered with and manipulated data on an external hard drive associated with Biden's laptop, which Biden abandoned at a Delaware repair shop in 2019. Biden's attorneys say those actions violate the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the California Computer Data Access and Fraud Act.

Key Quote: “For the past many months and even years, Defendants have dedicated an extraordinary amount of time and energy toward looking for, hacking into, tampering with, manipulating, copying, disseminating, and generally obsessing over data that they were given that was taken or stolen from Plaintiff’s devices or storage platforms, including what Defendants claim to have obtained from Plaintiff’s alleged ‘laptop’ computer,” the filing read.

For Context: Giuliani and Costello said they obtained the hard drive in 2020 from John Paul Mac Isaac, a Delaware computer repair shop owner. Biden later sued Isaac, who denied wrongdoing and said he legally obtained the laptop. The laptop contained bank statements, thousands of emails, and photos of Biden doing drugs and cavorting with sex workers.

How the Media Covered it: Sources across the spectrum noted that the lawsuit is the latest effort by Biden's lawyer, Abbe Lowell, to push back against Republican critics. Lowell has also recently been hired to represent Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) in his bribery case.

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