The whistleblower who gave copies of Hunter Biden’s “Laptop from Hell” to the media and members of Congress has just recovered a huge stash of deleted files from the computer’s hard drive, according to reports.
Jack Maxey, who distributed copies of the drive after the laptop had been abandoned in a Delaware computer repair store, says he has now fled to Switzerland from the United States over fears for his safety.
In the spring of 2021, a few months after the New York Post first broke the story in October 2020, Maxey gave copies and material from the hard drive from Hunter’s laptop to the Washington Post, New York Times, and The Daily Mail.
He also gave a copy of the drive to Senator Chuck Grassley in his role as ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
However, he claims they all sat on it for months without acting.
For the past two weeks, Maxey has been in hiding in Zurich, working with IT experts to dig out more data from the “Laptop from Hell.”
Maxey, a former co-host of ex-Trump advisor Steve Bannon’s podcast the War Room, claims he and his colleagues have just uncovered “450 gigabytes of deleted material” on the drive.
Despite popular belief, when files are “deleted” from a drive, they are not permanently erased and can often still be recovered.
Maxey says his team was able to retrieve the huge batch of files, including 80,000 images and videos and more than 120,000 archived emails.
He said he intends to post them all online in a searchable database in the coming weeks.
Hunter abandoned his laptop at a Delaware computer store in 2019.
The owner, John Mac Isaac, gave a copy to Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who passed it on to Maxey.
“I came here [to Switzerland] so that we could do a forensic examination of Hunter’s laptop safely in a country that still respects human liberty and the ideals of liberal democratic principles,” Maxey told The DailyMail.
“I do not believe this would have been possible inside the United States.
“We had numerous attempts on us from trying to do things like this there.”
Maxey said that after contacting media outlets about the laptop last year, black suburban SUVs appeared outside his house.
He said former US intelligence officer friends he shared copies with also told him they received strange calls.
“I showed this to a friend of mine in desperation in February  because nobody would listen to me,” he said.
“No news organizations would take it.
“Very dear friends of mine, the sharp tip of the spear, were making welfare calls to me every day, basically to see if I was still alive.”
Maxey claimed one former intelligence agency senior staffer told him soon after he received the hard drive in 2020: “If you don’t release enough of this, so that they know you can release all of it, I’m telling you, brother, you’re a dead man.”
Maxey took their advice in October 2020 and posted batches of emails and other files from the laptop on file-sharing sites.
But after about an hour, the links were taken down.
According to the New York Times, files from the laptop are now part of the evidence in Hunter’s federal prosecution for alleged tax fraud, money laundering, and illegal foreign lobbying.
Among the files on the laptop is a raft of emails and documents showing Hunter’s dealings with Burisma, a Ukrainian gas firm that became the center of Trump’s first impeachment in December 2019.
The then-president was accused of pushing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to announce investigations into the Bidens and Burisma for alleged corruption.
Maxey claims that had the FBI come forward in 2020 with the emails showing the details of Hunter’s work for Burisma, Trump would have been vindicated.
“The FBI had this on the ninth of December 2019,” he said.
“I suppose the first person betrayed was a sitting US president in an impeachment hearing when the FBI had the exculpatory evidence in their hands to have that end instantly, and they did nothing.
“The second group of people to be betrayed were all of the Democratic candidates in the spring primaries that year,” he added.
“The American people were utterly betrayed because I guarantee you that Joe Biden couldn’t run for dog catcher if the American people knew about this laptop.”
In emails from the hard drive, Hunter and his business partners make apparent references to Joe Biden’s involvement in a multi-million-dollar deal with Chinese government-linked oil giant CEFC.
In one infamous May 2017 email by Hunter’s partner James Gilliar, he suggests 10% of the equity in the deal would go to “The Big Guy” – a phrase consistently used throughout Hunter’s communications to refer to his father.
Other emails show that Joe and Hunter shared a bank account and paid each other’s bills.
Weeks before the New York Post first published material from the laptop in October 2020, Grassley co-wrote a report with Senator Ron Johnson publishing bank documents obtained by his committee evidencing millions of dollars sent by the Chinese to Hunter and his uncle, Joe’s brother James (Jim) Biden.
Grassley pointed to more documents showing the flow of funds from CEFC to Hunter and Jim in a speech to congress this week.
Maxey also gave a copy of the hard drive to the Washington Post in June 2021.
The paper took nine months to authenticate it, publishing its first story announcing the validity of the laptop last week.
The paper hired top cyber forensics experts to authenticate the drive.
Maxey also gave hundreds of documents from the laptop to the New York Times, which finally admitted it was real in a story two weeks ago.
He claimed that even Fox News, which has covered stories arising from the laptop extensively, declined to take a full copy of the hard drive from him, receiving only batches of certain documents instead.
“If you have an honest press, who are willing to report the bad stories, and uncover the corruption, then we as voters are more informed about who we should have in elected office,” Maxey said.
“And they failed us miserably.”