Friday, October 16, 2020

Why did a neo-Nazi have advanced knowledge of Rudy's magic computer?

The story about Rudy G's magic computer is worse than bullshit. It's the kind of concentrated bullshit you'd expect from the last bull in a ten-bull bovine centipede. 
Team Trump launched this smear without thinking it through. To make a thing like this work, you need preparation. You need a straight story. Most of all, you need a convincing witness. Just about every statement from John Paul Mac Isaac -- the Trump-besotted conspiracy nut/computer repair guy who allegedly received the magic laptop -- is, to put it mildly, questionable. 
Consider: Hunter Biden has lived in Los Angeles since early 2018. 
We are supposed to believe that Hunter dropped off this malfunctioning computer -- one of several malfunctioning computers -- at a repair shop in Delaware. Why? Don't they have any decent computer repair places in California? Apparently, Hunter needed the magic touch that can be provided only by a legally-blind computer repair guy who lives 3000 miles away.
We are also supposed to believe that Hunter carelessly handed over the Magic Computer even though it contained material that could embarrass him and/or his father, the presidential candidate. As it happens, I do my own computer repairs -- but if I ran into a problem outside my competency, I'd make damn sure that nothing embarrassing was on the hard drive before handing my beloved workstation over to a stranger.

We are further supposed to believe that Hunter just plain forgot about that computer. At no point did Hunter say to himself: "Gee, maybe I should retrieve that machine. After all, I am the son of a presidential candidate, and I do appear in a sex tape located somewhere on the hard drive..."
Computer repair guy John Paul Mac Isaac (henceforth JPMI) insisted, at first, that he didn't know that Hunter was the computer's owner. Then he (JPMI) said he had a receipt for the transaction which included contact info for Hunter.
In his interview, JPMI didn't notice the contradiction between his two stories. Anyone that dumb sure as hell ain't getting his mitts on my system! 

JPMI also told multiple stories about his interactions with the FBI. Since he apparently believes that the FBI killed Seth Rich, one wonders why he contacted the Bureau at all. 
If we believe JPMI, the data was, in essence, stolen property. Why would the FBI tell him anything other than "Give that machine back to its rightful owner"? 
Rudy Giuliani, legal eagle that he is, belatedly noticed this problem.
“The process was that the laptop was left by Hunter Biden, in an inebriated… heavily inebriated state with the merchant,” claimed Giuliani on the show. “The merchant fixed the laptop, tried to reach Hunter Biden and Hunter Biden never came back for it.”
Then why did JPMI originally say that he had no idea who the owner was? The original story held that JPMI had to do some Sherlock Holmesing after he noted a sticker for the Beau Biden Foundation on the laptop's cover.
“The document that I have signed by Hunter Biden says that after 90 days the hard drive is abandoned and it becomes the property of the merchant. Sometime after it became his property, he became very suspicious that maybe he had evidence of a crime sitting in his office,” he went on. “So he listened to it and he found that he did.”
Let's stop there. Three points: 
1. What document? 
2. Evidence of what crime? 
3. One does not "listen" to a hard drive, although one can listen to an audio file stored on a hard drive.
Giuliani declared, “He had legal possession of it. He legally turned it over to the FBI, and then he legally turned it over to my lawyer. It’s now his property. He can do what he wants with it..."
Why would the FBI take an interest in the thing? The Bureau has no reason to care about either the emails we've seen or a private sex tape.

It should be painfully obvious by now that Rudy's Magic Computer is nothing more than a device for "laundering" disinformation acquired or devised by the Russians, who hacked Burisma earlier this year. Always keep in mind that Rudy has been hobnobbing with at least one known Russian spy.
In the bad old days of the Cold War, spies used to spread targeted disinfo by "accidentally" letting an opponent acquire a wallet, a briefcase, an address book, a manila document folder or some similar Maguffin. The disinfo contained therein would cleverly mix real and fake material, festooned with enough seemingly-plausible "pocket litter" to make the ruse persuasive. Both the KGB and the CIA have had plenty of experience with this hoary tactic. 
(I suspect that the Agency has used variants of the "lost wallet" ploy to play tricks on the JFK assassination research community. But that's a topic for another time.) 
Rudy's Magic Computer seems to be an updated version of the "lost wallet" gambit.

My imagination stretches pretty far, but right now, I cannot cobble together a scenario in which JPMI plays an innocent role in all of this. His contradictory tales are -- shall we say -- a little suspicious. He's a Trumper. He's a conspiracy-thumper.  And he apparently views Rudy Giuliani as a pal.
I've said it a thousand times before and I'll say it a thousand times more: The right wing conspiracy theorists are the conspirators.

The real reason the FBI got involved. As it turns out, the Bureau really has taken an interest in the Magic Computer -- and last night, two news reports told us why. The first article was published by the WP; the second comes to us by way of NBC
According to the Post, Rudy met with Russian spooks during a 2019 trip to Ukraine. The intel community fears that the Russians are using Rudy to feed disinfo to the president. 
Trump was duly warned about all this. His response: "That's Rudy."
From the NBC piece:
Federal investigators are examining whether the emails allegedly describing activities by Joe Biden and his son Hunter and found on a laptop at a Delaware repair shop are linked to a foreign intelligence operation, two people familiar with the matter told NBC News.

The FBI seized the laptop and a hard drive through a grand jury subpoena. The subpoena was later published by the New York Post. The bureau has declined to comment.
Although NBC is too coy to spell things out, it seems clear that the Bureau considers the Magic Computer evidence in an ongoing probe of Rudy Giuliani himself. He has been under investigation since last year -- or did you forget?
As a reminder, take another look at this CNN piece from October of 2019:
The counterintelligence probe hinges in part on whether a foreign influence operation was trying to take advantage of Giuliani's business ties in Ukraine and with wealthy foreigners to make inroads with the White House, according to one person briefed on the matter.
Bloomberg, November 2019: 
Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, is being investigated by federal prosecutors for possible campaign finance violations and a failure to register as a foreign agent as part of an active investigation into his financial dealings, according to three U.S. officials.
If JPMI got the Magic Computer from Rudy -- not from Hunter -- then everything falls into place and our tale of intrigue makes much more sense. Hunter Biden is not the one in hot water. Rudy is. 

The Nazi prophet. It has become quite clear that many within Trumpworld knew all about the NY Post's grand revelation well before it was unveiled
Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, former Trump strategist Steve Bannon, and Fox News host Sean Hannity have all suggested that they had advance knowledge of the New York Post’s article alleging that an abandoned laptop contains proof of Ukraine-related misconduct by Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. Giuliani and Bannon, sources for the Post’s story, have suggested that they learned about the laptop in September -- around the same time that U.S. intelligence analysts learned of “chatter that stolen Burisma emails would be leaked in the form of an ‘October surprise.’”
The Post says that Bannon told the paper “about the existence of the hard drive in late September,” a similar timeframe to when the Times says that U.S. intelligence detected Russian “chatter” about the same topic. And on the October 14 edition of Bannon’s podcast War Room Pandemic, Giuliani told Bannon that he found out about the laptop and emails “a few weeks ago.”
Another report indicates that Trump himself was well aware of the Magic Computer. He awaited Disclosure Day as anxiously as a little kid waits for Christmas morning.
But the most disturbing "prophet" with foreknowledge of this disinfo dump was not Rudy or Trump or Bannon. It was an anonymous poster calling himself Freedom_USA_88, who frequents a far-right board called
In the days leading up to October 14 (a Wednesday), an account on called “Freedom_USA_88” had repeatedly posted threads that claimed that a “massive” story about Biden was coming out that day. As noted by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), “88” is “a white supremacist numerical code for ‘Heil Hitler.’” The account's username also has exactly 14 characters, a reference to the white nationalist ‘14 Words’ slogan that is often combined with “88,”  as noted by the ADL.

The user wrote that a “huge story about Biden will break that will end his campaign” and urged fellow users to tell undecided voters “to wait to vote until after Wednesday.” The user claimed that they had been “authorized to drop a hint about Wednesday’s story” and “know the parties involved.”
Emphasis added. This is extremely disturbing.
As most of you know, neo-Nazis love to use the numbers 88 and 18 as a kind of alpha-numeric code: A is letter number one, and H is letter number 8. Could our "prophet" have used the number 88 innocently? Not bloody likely. 
(Incidentally, proper neo-Nazi practice is to say "eight eight," not "eighty-eight." One mustn't sound gauche when hobnobbing with brownshirts, boys and girls. You don't want to make a bad impression.) 
Thus, we have an unabashed admirer of Adolf Hitler who has been taken into the confidence of either Rudy Giuliani or Steve Bannon. This person is not a far-rightist, not a Boogalooer, not a QAnon believer. He is an actual Hitler fanboy.
And he travels in very elevated company. Take another look at this telling phrase: 
The user claimed that they had been “authorized to drop a hint about Wednesday’s story” and “know the parties involved."
Could Freedom_USA_88 be JPMI himself? For obvious legal and ethical reasons, I would never say such a thing without evidence, and right now I have none. To be honest, I tend to think that our Hitler-loving prophet must be someone else, if only because the Freedom_USA_88 posts appear to be the product of a man capable of coherent thought, which is not the impression one gets from the JPMI interview. My tentative suspicion is that this acolyte of Adolf is someone close to Bannon, a known admirer of fascist philosopher Julius Evola.

Incidentally, the "incriminating" emails were probably forged. At least, that's the argument proffered here by Brian and Eddie Krassenstein. Granted, they may not be the best sources of information, since they themselves were apparently banned from Twitter for setting up a false account. But once we push past the ad hominem considerations, their argument seems sound enough -- perhaps unassailable. 
The emails reproduced by the NY Post -- presented in PDF form -- come adorned with neither headers nor metadata. The type is razor sharp. But a logo associated with Gmail is heavily pixelated
That's a tell. It screams "Photoshop." Both the type and the logo should be of equal sharpness.

As a number of people have pointed out, Hunter Biden allegedly visited JPMI's shop in April, 2019 -- but the "incriminating" email exists in PDFs created in September and October of 2019. It's hard to conjure up with an innocent explanation for that discrepancy, although I suppose that a truly creative apologist might be able to offer a rationalization.
There's always a rationalization, isn't there? That's your cue, Rudy. Amuse us.
It's so hard to find good help these days. Operation Magic Computer reeks of sloppy tradecraft. Sloppiest of all was the interview with JPMI. Jesus Christ, why wasn't that guy vetted and prepped? The dude was a freakin' disaster

Reading his interview, my thoughts wandered back to my own dark and depressing fear-forecast of How Trump Will Win. For many months now, I have predicted that a last-minute Big Smear will tie Joe Biden -- who often vacationed in the Virgin Islands -- to the Epstein scandal. 
I now understand that my scenario has one great flaw: They need to find a girl who will cry rape

Let me rephrase. They need to find a convincing girl who will cry rape. 

The JPMI debacle proves that good co-conspirators are hard to find. Until now, I had not factored that problem into my prognostications. 

The two best-known Epstein accusers, Virginia Giuffre and Sarah Ransome, are obvious fakes, as I have detailed in previous posts. Most people do not recognize their fraudulence because journalists have not felt motivated to ask them the hard questions.

If Virginia were to come forward with a "Joe raped me" story, things would suddenly be very different. Hundreds of writers would tear off the blindfolds, and they would finally see -- they would allow themselves to see -- the obvious falsehoods. Journalists would notice that she lied about her age by two years in a statutory rape case. She has also told provable lies about Al Gore and Bill Clinton.
No, Virginia can't be the one who offers up a "Joe raped me" tale. She'd be torn to shreds. The same goes for Sarah Ransome, who has admitted to lying. 
My Big Smear scenario would require a new accuser -- a woman we have not met yet. 

But who? 
Potentially, there's a lot of money involved. There should have been no shortage of actresses vying for this part. But a thespian needs to be fully prepped and backstopped. The JPMI fiasco demonstrates what can go wrong.


OTE admin said...

The Big Smear isn't happening. Millions upon millions of voters have already voted, and those who haven't already have their minds made up. No made-up sex thing is going to have any impact whatsoever.

Biden has been in the public eye for DECADES. His life is an open book. Any fairytale about a woman would be seen as the fake it is.

This election is over and has been since Biden announced in the spring of 2019.

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Anonymous said...

Things Change.

It could be that some backers, operatives and enablers who make such manipulations possible, such as lining up credible false witnesses, have found that they have changed their minds. They may have decided that moving away from the action is the smart move right now.

It’s possible that the Microsoft announcement of the deep fake detection software neutralized , or caused a delay until the very last minute, of such a campaign.

The increased Q activities show that they have some life left in them. But it’s so stupid, it’s hard to imagine that any widespread appeal could be found that way.

Frayed nerves, and poor operatives (a friend of Don, jr? Eric? Devin Nunes helping the old team out?) leads to hiring someone like that computer repair guy.