National security nightmare of Hunter Biden’s laptop

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The son of the man expected by many to be America’s next President abandoned a laptop containing a treasure trove of top-secret material, including his father’s private emails and mobile phone numbers, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

In an astonishing lapse, Hunter Biden chose to protect his MacBook Pro computer – crammed with what an IT expert last night described as a ‘national security nightmare’ and ‘classic blackmail material’ – with a single, simple password: Hunter02.

Remarkably, the 50-year-old businessman and self-confessed drug addict took the machine to a back-street IT store in Delaware in April 2019 to get it repaired – yet never returned to collect it.

Its existence was revealed by the New York Post last month, but the staggering scale and sensitivity of its contents – easily accessible to a hacker with a modicum of skill – is only revealed for the first time today.

The material, none of which was encrypted or protected by anything as basic as two-factor authentication, includes:

  • Joe Biden’s personal mobile number and three private email addresses as well as the names of his Secret Service agents;
  • Mobile numbers for former President Bill Clinton, his wife Hillary and almost every member of former President Barack Obama’s cabinet; 
  • A contact database of 1,500 people including actress Gwyneth Paltrow, Coldplay singer Chris Martin, former Presidential candidate John Kerry and ex-FBI boss Louis Freeh; 
  • Personal documents including Hunter’s passport, driver’s licence, social security card, credit cards and bank statements; 
  • Details of Hunter’s drug and sex problems, including $21,000 spent on one ‘live cam’ porn website and ‘selfies’ of him engaging in sex acts and smoking crack cocaine; 

While Hunter has been accused of using his family name to help with deals with Ukrainian and Chinese firms, there is nothing on the laptop to implicate Joe Biden in any wrongdoing. 

One email relating to a failed Chinese deal refers to a payment of ten per cent to ‘the Big Guy’, which some have suggested is the presidential hopeful.

However, Mr Biden has insisted: ‘I have not taken a penny from any foreign source ever in my life.’

Last night, IT expert Chris Greany said it was ‘staggering’ the laptop had not been encrypted.

New laptop revelations: An IT expert last night described as a 'national security nightmare' and 'classic blackmail material' the revelation that Hunter Biden protected his laptop - which was filled with with a treasure trove of top-secret material - with a single, simple password: Hunter02. He is pictured with what appears to be drug parephenelia in his mouth

New laptop revelations: An IT expert last night described as a ‘national security nightmare’ and ‘classic blackmail material’ the revelation that Hunter Biden protected his laptop – which was filled with with a treasure trove of top-secret material – with a single, simple password: Hunter02. He is pictured with what appears to be drug parephenelia in his mouth 

A contact database of 1,500 people included the numbers of Bill and Hillary Clinton, actress Gwyneth Paltrow, her ex-husband Coldplay singer Chris Martin, former Presidential candidate John Kerry and ex-FBI boss Louis Freeh

A contact database of 1,500 people included the numbers of Bill and Hillary Clinton, actress Gwyneth Paltrow, her ex-husband Coldplay singer Chris Martin, former Presidential candidate John Kerry and ex-FBI boss Louis Freeh 

Unpaid bill: A message from  porn site Jasmin, shows Hunter's attempt to buy credit was 'declined due to insufficient funds on the credit card'. He shelled out more than $21,000 to one adult 'live cam' porn website

Unpaid bill: A message from  porn site Jasmin, shows Hunter’s attempt to buy credit was ‘declined due to insufficient funds on the credit card’. He shelled out more than $21,000 to one adult ‘live cam’ porn website

The full letter from Jasmin.com. Hunter Biden became so addicted to illicit sexual thrills that he once spent $11,400 on a single night of debauchery at a New York strip club

The full letter from Jasmin.com. Hunter Biden became so addicted to illicit sexual thrills that he once spent $11,400 on a single night of debauchery at a New York strip club

‘It’s a data breach and dangerous to have this type of material floating around,’ said the former police commander, who advised successive British Foreign Secretaries on laptop security. 

‘For someone prominent, there is not only a risk of great reputational damage but also a risk of blackmail should the material fall into the wrong hands.’

Twitter boss berated for censoring story 

In an act of ‘politically motivated censorship’, Twitter deliberately prevented users from sharing a link to a front-page newspaper article about Hunter Biden’s private life and his controversial business ties to Ukraine.

It included the claim that he arranged a meeting between his father Joe and a Ukrainian energy company on whose board Hunter served.

Both men have denied any impropriety but normally an accusation alone of this nature involving a US presidential nominee would set the news agenda alight.

But with Facebook also imposing restrictions pending ‘independent verification’ by ‘fact checkers’, the article published by the New York Post fizzled out.

In what became a curious case of a disappearing story, Republicans claimed it had been suppressed to avoid helping President Trump’s re-election campaign.

Twitter boss Jack Dorsey (pictured) Twitter was criticised after the site prevented users from sharing a link to a front-page newspaper article about Hunter Biden's private life and his controversial business ties to Ukraine

Twitter boss Jack Dorsey (pictured) Twitter was criticised after the site prevented users from sharing a link to a front-page newspaper article about Hunter Biden’s private life and his controversial business ties to Ukraine

Quizzing Twitter’s chief executive Jack Dorsey during a virtual Senate hearing last week, Texas senator Ted Cruz asked: ‘Who the hell elected you and put you in charge of what the media are allowed to report and what the American people are allowed to hear?’ Mr Dorsey has apologised for Twitter’s action and said its treatment of the New York Post story was ‘unacceptable’.

Republicans have long accused the bosses of technology companies of double standards for editing, deleting or fact-checking Mr Trump’s posts while allowing harmful hate speech to remain on their services.

But anger over the Hunter Biden story has not been confined to the Right.

Last week investigative Left-wing journalist Glenn Greenwald resigned from The Intercept, the news website he co-founded, after claiming he was silenced over an article critical of Joe Biden.

‘The Intercept’s editors, in violation of my contractual right of editorial freedom, censored an article I wrote this week, refusing to publish it unless I remove all sections critical of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, the candidate vehemently supported by all New-York-based Intercept editors involved in this effort at suppression,’ he wrote.

 

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The revelations come just 48 hours before Americans give their verdict at the end of a rancorous election campaign.

They will send shockwaves through Mr Biden’s campaign team, which is desperate to avoid last-minute scandals that may erode his eight-point lead in the polls.

Donald Trump has accused the mainstream US press and social media giants of ignoring – and even burying – the Hunter laptop affair. 

He claims a liberal, pro-Democrat elite is ‘protecting’ his rival.

Hunter’s laptop contains 11 gigabytes of material and covers the period from when Mr Biden served as Vice President under Mr Obama to when Hunter dropped it at the Mac Store in Wilmington. 

A small selection of its contents was leaked to the press by Mr Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, sparking unsubstantiated claims that the material may have been fabricated by Russia to derail Mr Biden’s White House bid.

 Others have suggested the laptop and its contents are a hoax perpetuated by China to weaken Mr Biden.

Yet neither Hunter nor his father have questioned that the laptop was left at the Delaware store nor the authenticity of material from it that has so far appeared in the media.

Evidence seen by The Mail on Sunday appears to confirm that Hunter left the laptop at the shop and the FBI later picked it up.

Last night, lawyers for Hunter declined to comment. 

Representatives for Mr Biden did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

A forensic cyber expert hired to analyse material downloaded from the laptop says it is authentic.

‘I have been doing this for 20 years and there is nothing to suggest the laptop or its contents have been interfered with or altered in any way,’ said the expert, who has worked with US law enforcement agencies.

‘There is no sign of data being added. There is no doubt in my mind that this is the real deal.’

The FBI, which took possession of a copy of the computer hard drive last December, declined to confirm or deny if it was carrying out an investigation.

However, Tony Bobulinski, one of Hunter’s former business partners, claims he was interviewed by FBI agents in Washington on October 23 and during that meeting handed over mobile phone records that match material on the laptop.

Last night, a source familiar with the contents of the MacBook Pro said: ‘The sheer volume of personal and financial information indicates Hunter has been potential blackmail fodder for years. 

‘It seems almost inconceivable that Hunter Biden, the son of the man likely to become our next President, was so naive and reckless that he did not have basic encryption or even a two-stage password to protect such highly sensitive material.’

Information stored on the laptop includes names and mobile phone numbers sent to Hunter by staff in Mr Biden’s office at the White House in June 2015, a few days after the funeral of Hunter’s brother, Beau, who died of brain cancer, aged 46.

As well as the Clintons, there are numbers for two of America’s most powerful political leaders – Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. 

An earlier email from November 2011 lists the names and mobile numbers for Mr Biden’s Secret Service detail while he was Vice President.

A source said: ‘This is all a flagrant breach of security. 

‘If a hostile state or individual had managed to hack into Hunter’s computer –and it wouldn’t have been difficult considering the lack of security on it – they would have easily found out who was guarding the Vice President and potentially been able to threaten family members of those Secret Service members.’

After his brother’s death, Hunter – while still married, but separated from his first wife Kathleen – had an affair with Beau’s widow, Hallie. 

Personal documents including Hunter's passport, driver's licence, social security card, credit cards and bank statements; were also contained on the laptop - raising fears about blackmail threats to the

Personal documents including Hunter’s passport, driver’s licence, social security card, credit cards and bank statements; were also contained on the laptop – raising fears about blackmail threats to the 

Gift for identity thieves: Hunter Biden's social security card

Gift for identity thieves: Hunter Biden’s social security card

Joe Biden's personal mobile number and three private email addresses as well as the names of his Secret Service agents. A credit card is pictured

Joe Biden’s personal mobile number and three private email addresses as well as the names of his Secret Service agents. A credit card is pictured

Hunter's laptop contains 11 gigabytes of material and covers the period from when Mr Biden served as Vice President under Mr Obama to when Hunter dropped it at the Mac Store in Wilmington. His driving license is pictured

Hunter’s laptop contains 11 gigabytes of material and covers the period from when Mr Biden served as Vice President under Mr Obama to when Hunter dropped it at the Mac Store in Wilmington. His driving license is pictured

Hunter's Amex card. IT experts said grave consequences could have followed  'If a hostile state or individual had managed to hack into Hunter's computer –and it wouldn't have been difficult considering the lack of security on it'

Hunter’s Amex card. IT experts said grave consequences could have followed  ‘If a hostile state or individual had managed to hack into Hunter’s computer –and it wouldn’t have been difficult considering the lack of security on it’

The laptop contains scores of text messages between them as well as emails between Hunter and Kathleen as their relationship imploded and a bitter divorce battle began.

In one angry note to Kathleen, Hunter says: ‘Have I ever missed a tuition payment or mortgage payment, a play or a game or anything that ever mattered… Do you know what I’ve done to make that possible. 

‘Do you have any idea of the level of degradation?’

Hunter has long been considered the black sheep of the Biden family with his alcohol, drug and sex problems making headlines in America – although his father has loyally stood by him.

After Hunter publicly acknowledged his battle with alcohol and drugs in April 2019 – the same month in which he visited the Mac Store – Mr Biden said: ‘Beau was my soul. Hunter is my heart.’

Even last week, the man strongly tipped to become America’s 46th President described his son as ‘the smartest guy I know’. It is doubtful whether his campaign managers or supporters share that view.

Hunter Biden’s laptop lays bare the world of depravity that makes him a target for blackmail: He spent $21,000 on a porn ‘live cam’ site and $11,400 in a strip club in a single night 

By Caroline Graham in Los Angeles for the Mail On Sunday 

Hunter Biden became so addicted to illicit sexual thrills that he once spent $11,400 on a single night of debauchery at a New York strip club and shelled out more than $21,000 to one adult ‘live cam’ porn website.

The scale of the descent of Joe Biden’s son into a morass of drugs, drink and sleaze – leaving him open to possible blackmail attempts – is laid bare in hundreds of documents and photographs on his abandoned laptop.

The 50-year-old spent a fortune on escorts and ran up massive hotel bills, often paying for multiple rooms in a single night. 

Graphic photographs show him apparently smoking crack cocaine from a pipe and engaging in sex acts with unidentified women.

Hunter Biden became so addicted to illicit sexual thrills that he once spent $11,400 on a single night of debauchery at a New York strip club and shelled out more than $21,000 to one adult 'live cam' porn website.

Hunter Biden became so addicted to illicit sexual thrills that he once spent $11,400 on a single night of debauchery at a New York strip club and shelled out more than $21,000 to one adult ‘live cam’ porn website.

Porn site: Hunter shelled out more than $21,000 to one adult 'live cam' porn website Jasmin.com

Porn site: Hunter shelled out more than $21,000 to one adult ‘live cam’ porn website Jasmin.com

While Hunter’s demons have been well chronicled – not least during his divorce from first wife Kathleen, who alleged in court documents that his interests included ‘drugs, alcohol, prostitutes, strip clubs and gifts for women with whom he has sexual relations’ – the scale of his recklessness is staggering.

After his father became Vice President in 2009, Hunter asked the Security Service to stop deploying agents to accompany him. 

It reluctantly agreed – a decision that gave the politician’s son more freedom to indulge his vices.

A source familiar with the contents of the laptop, including bank statements and credit card receipts, said: ‘Hunter’s spending on porn sites is staggering. At one point his credit card was rejected by a site because it was maxed out.

‘There are multiple hotel room charges for the same night. He spends thousands on escorts. 

It’s no secret that Hunter has addiction issues, but the contents of the laptop and the apparent lack of security around either Hunter or his computer must raise doubts.

‘He was obviously highly vulnerable to a potential blackmail attempt from external forces who might seek to influence his father.’

In an interview last year, Hunter openly described at length his lurch into the seedy world of drugs and sleaze. ‘Everyone has trauma. There’s addiction in every family,’ he told The New Yorker magazine. ‘I was in that darkness. I was in that tunnel – it’s a never-ending tunnel.’

That tunnel took in the Hustler Club in New York, where he spent £8,800 in a single night in September 2018, and the Streamray porn website from which he bought a five-figure sum of services in just six months.

The Biden Files contain log-in details and passwords for numerous sex sites and multiple payments to women whose names link back to escort websites. 

One message from the Jasmin porn site, shows Hunter’s attempt to buy credit was ‘declined due to insufficient funds on the credit card’.

Emails reveal desperate pleas for Hunter to get help from his family. An email from his first wife, Kathleen, says: ‘You told me if you started drinking again it would kill you. I feel like you are torturing me.’

Begging him to return to rehab, his sister Ashley writes: ‘You are a Biden. Remember that. This isn’t how we work.’

Hunter’s obsession with sexual imagery is clear. As well as selfies taken with unidentified women and a video of him engaged in a sex act, the laptop contained bizarre oil paintings of him naked while sprawled on a bed.

When sober, Hunter appears tormented by the damage that his behaviour is causing.

 ‘Guilt is an appropriate emotion when we’ve wronged someone (including ourselves),’ he wrote on one document stored in the poorly protected computer. 

‘Guilt that isn’t acknowledged becomes shame. And shame becomes either narcissism, and addiction, and pain, and an empty life.’

The source said: ‘When you see the contents, the picture you are left with is of a troubled man who is desperately trying to maintain the family image in public, but who is falling apart behind the scenes.

‘He has the pressure of living up to the Biden name, but, in private, he dives into this dark world. He was a sitting duck for anyone who might seek to blackmail him.’

Hunter Biden’s idea for a ‘really serious tragic dramatic comedy’  

A screen play on the laptop apparently written by Hunter Biden.

A screen play on the laptop apparently written by Hunter Biden. 

The laptop contains numerous Hollywood screenplay ‘pitches’ drafted by Hunter Biden.

A source said: ‘He has always dreamed about making a story about his life.’

One reads:

A Mystery to Myself:

(A really seriously tragic dramatic comedy).

In the span of eight years:

My father is elected Vice President of the United States.

I loose [sic] the entirety of my business.

I find a new way of doing business and replace most my income.

I relapse after 7 years of sobriety.

I go back to rehab.

The secret service follow me.

There are also oil paintings of a naked Hunter sprawled across an unmade bed and images of a tattoo on his back that appears to show long, black scratch marks running from his shoulders to his waist.

The source added: ‘In his mind he’s a Renaissance man. He writes poetry and wants to have a movie made of his life. But, as with most things, these are just pipe dreams. The reality is Hunter is a liability for his father. If Joe wins, one of the first tasks will be figuring out how to keep Hunter out of trouble for the next four years.’

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