Editor’s Note: In March 2022, more than a year after this op-ed was published, The New York Times and The Washington Post reported that they had authenticated some of the emails that appear to have come from the laptop.
Here’s a question for you. You live in Los Angeles. You have a laptop that’s acting up; needs some work. Do you:
A) Find a computer repair shop in your neighborhood via Google or whatever and take it there; B) Send it back to the manufacturer; C) Say to yourself, “Oh, I know, I think I’ll go to Wilmington, Delaware, and take it to a legally blind computer repairman, because like, obviously, who wouldn’t do that?”