Washington Post Admits Hunter Biden Laptop Is Real

The Washington Post became the second major news outlet on Wednesday to change course, admitting that emails from the infamous Hunter Biden laptop are authentic — nine months after it acquired them and a year and a half after the New York Post first reported on them. .

The paper said two security experts used cryptographic signatures from Google and other tech companies to validate nearly 22,000 emails from 2009 to 2019, including reports related to Hunter Biden’s controversial foreign business transactions.

Some of the verified emails involved a deal President Biden’s son was pursuing with the CEFC China Energy conglomerate for which he received nearly $5 million, according to the Washington Post.

Other verified emails involved his work for Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings, which paid Hunter Biden a whopping $83,333 or a month or $1 million a year.

In October 2020, the New York Post exclusively revealed the existence of Hunter Biden’s emails after he obtained a copy of the hard drive of a damaged MacBook Pro laptop that the owner of a repair shop in the family’s hometown Biden, Wilmington, Del., said. was dropped off in April 2019 and never picked up.

Hunter Biden left a laptop at a computer repair shop in Delaware with nearly 22,000 emails.
The Washington Post has confirmed that the documents found on Hunter Biden's laptop and published by The Post in 2020 are authentic.
The Washington Post has confirmed that the documents found on Hunter Biden’s laptop and published by The Post in 2020 are authentic.
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Following the unveiling, the Washington Post’s “Fact Checker” feature said the newspaper “was unable to verify or authenticate these emails” and said there were “fears the emails could be part of a wider disinformation campaign.” by Russia.

The Washington Post op-eds also called the emails “unverified” and said they “have never been verified,” and a news analysis dismissed the New York Post’s coverage as “sketch.”

On Wednesday, the Washington Post said it had received a copy of the hard drive in June from Republican activist Jack Maxey, who previously worked as a researcher for the “War Room” podcast of Steve Bannon, a former adviser to ex-President Donald Trump.

The paper said it spent months reviewing the data and making two copies of the hard drive for analysis by Matt Green, a security researcher at Johns Hopkins University, and Jake Williams, a forensics expert and former employee of the National Security Agency.

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The New York Times admitted that The Post’s emails are authentic.
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Both experts concluded that the verified emails contained cryptographic signatures that are difficult for even the best computer hackers to forge.

Earlier this month, the New York Times said it had received emails that appeared to come from the laptop and had been verified by people familiar with them and Hunter Biden’s federal tax investigation that he publicly acknowledged in December 2020.

The Times buried its verification of the emails in the 24th paragraph of a 38-paragraph story stating that Hunter Biden had paid off a significant tax debt to the IRS, potentially making it more difficult for prosecutors to get a conviction or a long sentence against him for tax fraud.

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) — who has partnered with Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to investigate Hunter Biden’s overseas business deals — responded by accusing the Gray Lady of “finally, quietly, covering her tracks.” to clear. †

“I’m just amazed that the New York Times just concluded that the Hunter Biden laptop was real,” Johnson told WABC 770 AM’s “The Cats Roundtable” last week.

sen.  Ron Johnson, R-Wis.
sen. Ron Johnson has criticized the New York Times for the delay in reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop.
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“Where have they been? That was pretty clear within a week or two of the New York Post’s stories.”

On Wednesday, U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) had entered “contents, files, and copies of the Hunter Biden laptop” into the congressional report at a House Judiciary Committee hearing.

It’s unclear if that material includes the many sexually explicit photos and videos stored on the laptop, such as a raunchy 12-minute clip that appears to show the soon-to-be first son smoking crack while engaging in sexual activity with a unidentified woman .

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