FACT CHECK: Was The Computer Repair Shop Owner Who Allegedly Brought Forward A Laptop Belonging To Hunter Biden Found Dead?
A post shared on Facebook claims the computer repair shop owner who allegedly brought forward a laptop owned by Hunter Biden has been found dead.
The man’s attorney confirmed he is alive. The claim appears to originate from a satirical article.
Delaware computer repair shop owner John Paul Mac Isaac claimed that someone who identified himself as Hunter Biden dropped off laptops at his shop for repair in April 2019, according to CBS News. Mac Isaac said that he later gave a copied hard drive from one of the laptops to former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer Brian Costello, the outlet reported. The New York Post published in October purported emails and other materials from Hunter Biden’s alleged laptop after Giuliani provided the outlet a copy of the hard drive that supposedly came from the device.
Social media users have recently been sharing a screen grab of a headline that reads, “Computer Shop Owner Who Raised Alarm About Hunter Biden Laptop Found Dead.” The accompanying photo of Mac Isaac closely resembles the one featured in a GoFundMe legal defense fundraiser set up by his attorney Brian Della Rocca.
There is no evidence to indicate Mac Isaac has died. Had he been found dead as the image claims, major media outlets likely would have reported on it, yet none appear to have done so. On Dec. 5, two days after the Facebook post was shared, Mac Isaac shared a video on YouTube titled “The Truth,” in which he denied being a hacker and having ties to Russia.
Della Rocca confirmed to Check Your Fact in an email that Mac Isaac “is very much alive.” The attorney previously told the Delaware News Journal that Mac Isaac closed his computer repair shop after receiving numerous death threats. (RELATED: Did Jill Biden Say, ‘Whatever Is On Hunter’s Laptop Is Not Important?’)
The claim appears to originate from a satirical article published on the parody news website America’s Last Line of Defense. While the article contains clear disclaimers of its satirical nature, such as being labeled as “Crime Satire For the Intellectually Impaired,” some websites picked up the story as if it were genuine news. Social media users shared images of such headlines without issuing warning about the satirical nature of its origins, a common way for misinformation to spread.