The emergence last fall of a laptop full of data highly incriminating to then-candidate Joe Biden’s son Hunter was a story that was successfully suppressed by tech giants such as Facebook and Twitter and dismissed as “Russian disinformation,” but new revelations from Hunter himself call those assertions into serious question.
As The Hill reports, in an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, Hunter Biden explained that while he does not know for certain whether the laptop – abandoned at a Delaware computer repair shop in 2019 – was indeed his, it is “certainly” possible, in apparent contradiction of statements made by his own father late last year.
The laptop in question was reported by the New York Post to contain a massive trove of emails and other documentation that raised serious questions about Hunter’s own business dealings in China and Ukraine, his father’s links to those endeavors, and a host of other sordid details of his drug addiction and sexual conquests. At the time, however, Joe Biden claimed that the computer in question was part of a Russian disinformation campaign, as Fox News noted.
Now, however, as part of a media blitz in support of his new memoir detailing his battle against drug addiction, Hunter Biden has conceded that it is indeed possible that the much-discussed laptop was his, but stated, “For real, I don’t know.”
In response to this partial admission, the Post editorial board on Friday pulled no punches in assessing the claim, saying bluntly, “Oh, Hunter, you’re so full of it.”
The Post went on to blast the mainstream media for neglecting to dig into the laptop story in the run-up to the November election, decrying journalists’ unwillingness to press the Bidens to answer questions about the laptop’s alleged contents and to aggressively probe Twitter’s decision to prevent wide dissemination of the outlet’s story on the controversy.
In a wholly justified, yet perhaps utterly futile gesture, the Post board went further to suggest that since Hunter has now admitted that the laptop might be his, the mainstream media might begin asking the type of follow-up questions that should have been asked last fall, including whether President Biden is indeed the “big guy” referenced in emails as being entitled to a cut of profits from Hunter’s foreign business dealings and whether Hunter arranged for a Ukrainian gas official to meet with his father during his tenure as vice president, among other relevant queries.
It would also be appropriate – yet almost certainly unlikely – for some intrepid journalist to question President Biden on the apparent contradiction between his December claim that the laptop was simply part of a “smear campaign,” and his son’s own statement this week.
Sadly, the most plausible scenario is that Hunter’s laptop admission and the obvious implications therein will largely be ignored by most of the media, and the blatant corruption and national security risks revealed by its contents will be swept under the rug once and for all.