Hunter Biden Laptop Analysis: May Have Stored More Sensitive Info on Encrypted Messaging Apps

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Given all the things on the infamous laptop—from the drugs to the sex to the alleged influence peddling—you wouldn’t think that there could be anything else that one might discover at this point.


But the non-profit group Marco Polo, which has a site with all the laptop photos and video, has discovered something new after an analysis of the hard drive — that Hunter Biden used at least 16 private messaging apps, many of which were encrypted, which could have had even more sensitive communications if what was on the open drive wasn’t already shocking enough.

Among the apps were Signal, the Chinese messaging app WeChat, and Wickr, an app termed as “favored in the criminal underworld” and liked by the U.S. military.

According to a person familiar with the research, “We know he downloaded the app Wickr. The app downloaded 226 times from his iCloud account from 2012 onward.” The person speculated, “I think that’s where you’re going to find the Joe Biden conversations.”

“There is no trace of Wickr on the iPhone or the laptop, which means he was very secure with it,” the source said.

The Wickr app did not appear on the iPhone backup included in the laptop but had previously been downloaded onto the phone from iCloud. So, it may have been installed and then subsequently deleted, according to the source.

But he has multiple emails that mention the use of Wickr, where he’s talking about communicating with others on it.

What that means is that likely other messages were on the encrypted app. That gives the House Republicans some more things that they need to look into trying to recover. It’s funny, given everything he let spill out on his phone and his laptop otherwise about his personal life. What must he consider more secure to hide, when he wasn’t encrypting all the other debauchery? I would think that might be logical to conclude that would be where messages about the highly sensitive business is going to be. But they might not be able to recover them if they were encrypted.


House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. James Comer has said he wants to get at all the communications.

We’re now beginning to bring in witnesses to question them about the existence of other documents, communications, and records that we will seek to obtain. We will leave no stone unturned as we seek to provide the transparency and accountability that the American people demand and deserve.

As I wrote earlier, the Oversight Committee is even trying to get information regarding the questionable art deal, that a Democratic donor bought one of Hunter Biden’s paintings and also was appointed to a prestigious position by Joe Biden.

They might be able to get the backend of conversations if people have still saved them. They could start by asking Devon Archer and any likely close associates during their interview on Monday to see if he had any encrypted, Joe Biden-related messages, as well as any of the other witnesses who may have communicated with Hunter.



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