DejaMoo wrote: ↑Tue Dec 29, 2020 5:18 pm
According to an article I read, Isaac gave a copy of the hard drive to Guiliani after reporting it to the FBI. If that's true, that suggests a pre-existing connection between the two, or else how and why would this dude give it to him?
Also, if true, that means he's guilty of a severe breach of customer confidentiality, which makes him an utter turd. It's one thing to share personal data with law enforcement, it's completely uncalled for to share it with an unrelated third party.
1. Mac Isaac's accounts of the exact sequence of events have not been consistent. It is not clear whether that is just the usual sort of lack of attention to narrative detail that people tend to exhibit, or whether it is something else.
2. The shop's service terms deem unclaimed equipment to be abandoned property if the repairs are not paid for and the equipment not picked up. A repair shop taking a possessory lien of this kind in the event of non-payment is not unusual.
I have dealt with this guy, and he is a little flakey, which is why I did not ultimately entrust my mac laptop to him to do a drive upgrade.
The broad outline of his story is thus:
(a) A man dropped off one or more laptops with damage, and wanted data recovered onto a portable drive. Mac Isaac is visually impaired and cannot positively identify who that man was.
(b) The laptop(s) had Biden foundation stickers on them.
(c) The equipment was not picked up and the repairs not paid. He made attempts to contact the owner which failed.
(d) He then took a look at things on the drive. In the belief he found evidence of a crime, he provided the laptop(s) to the FBI and kept a backup. (as one does)
(e) After several months and no apparent criminal indictments or action by the FBI, he sought out Rudy Giuliani with the backup he kept. (as one does)
Beyond those broad outlines, there are inconsistent versions of the story from both Mac Isaac and Giuliani. However, even the broad outline makes no sense.
Technical service providers do sometimes encounter evidence of various sorts of criminal activity. What one does in those circumstances is provide the information to law enforcement and move on. You don't keep a backup copy and you don't go off on some independent adventure with it.
However, this guy was a Trump humper from the get go, and identified himself as such on social media. He was, at best, the perfect dupe for a scheme to cock up a mixture of actual stolen data and fake data to construct a pre-history of the equipment that would be, at least, "pretty good".
Everything that has been circulated has come from the backup he claims to have made before turning the original equipment over to the FBI, so information such as the serialization of parts, etc., from the original equipment is not available.
Remarkably, the time that someone dropped off the "Hunter Biden laptop" at the shop of a visually-impaired Trump humper is entirely consistent with the timeline of Rudy Giuliani and associates seeking to construct fake incriminating information about Hunter Biden. I believe that the impeachment proceeding caused persons involved to believe that going forward with the plan would not be a good idea. However, in the last desperate weeks of the losing campaign, Rudy couldn't help himself. That's why the sequence of "who did Isaac contact and when" has been revised a few times.
It was entirely foolish of them to come out with "here's the incriminating Hunter Biden stuff" when the president had already been put through the ringer on parts of the plan to produce "the incriminating Hunter Biden stuff".