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Affidavit: Microsoft denied feds access to Vegas shooter’s online records

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Unsealed court documents released Jan. 12 show how Microsoft denied the FBI’s request to examine online records of the Las Vegas shooter.

“After execution of the warrant, it became apparent and was confirmed with Microsoft that Microsoft was refusing to provide data relating to/contained in OneDrive online storage files for either [email] account,” said a search warrant affidavit produced in the days after the Las Vegas Massacre.

The affidavit is among 321 pages of records ordered unsealed by Judge Jennifer A. Dorsey of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada.

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It reveals that Microsoft allowed FBI agents to examine the email content of Stephen C. Paddock and his girlfriend Marilou Danley, but not other online files stored in the OneDrive accounts associated with the email addresses. OneDrive is Microsoft’s online service for document storage.

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According to the affidavit, Microsoft told investigators that it believed that the warrant to investigate Paddock’s email did not encompass Paddock’s other online activities hosted by Microsoft.

“Investigators believe therefore that there is additional evidence Microsoft currently possesses that relates to the OneDrive online storage service, as well as in a suite of other online services that Microsoft offers,” said the affidavit.

The other online Microsoft services referenced include Office 365, Windows Live Mail, Windows Photo Gallery, Windows Live Writer, Windows Live Messenger, Microsoft Family Safety, and Microsoft Outlook Hotmail Connector.

The affidavit shows that after being denied access, the FBI sought another warrant to obtain all of Paddock’s online records that Microsoft possessed.

Microsoft and MGM Resorts had a relationship prior to the Oct. 3 shooting that left 58 people dead and 557 injured. MGM owns the Mandalay Bay Hotel, where Paddock opened fire on a crowd at a country concert from his 32nd suite.

In February, MGM contracted with Microsoft for the exclusive rights to host the largest single-corporation meeting in MGM’s history. The multi-year deal is expected to bring 30,000 participants to the MGM, where Microsoft will combine four separate annual events into one signature meeting.

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Billionaire businessman, co-founder and former chairman and CEO of Microsoft, owns a majority share of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. The Four Seasons, whose other majority owner is embattled Saudi Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal, occupies the top five floors of the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

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Black Rifle Coffee Does Not Support Second Amendment Hero Kyle Rittenhouse

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Black Rifle Coffee, a coffee company based in Salt Lake City, is not defending 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse.

The company said that it was against a tweet that Blaze Media reporter, Elijah Schaeffer,  posted that featured Rittenhouse wearing a Black Rifle Coffee Company shirt captioned “Kyle Rittenhouse drinks the best coffee in America.” Rittenhouse was released on November 20, 2020 after supporters were able to raise $2 million for his bail. 

In the tweet, Schaeffer posted a discount code for the coffee. Sara Tabin of The Salt Lake Tribune noted that online Twitter users “questioned whether the coffee company had a sponsorship deal with Rittenhouse and accused it of supporting murder and hate.”

This prompted Black Rifle Coffee, the sponsor of the Slightly Offens*ve podcast, to release a statement on November 21 declaring that it is not sponsoring or supporting Rittenhouse.

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Initially, there was a misunderstanding about the company withdrawing its sponsorship of Slightly Offens*ve. However, a spokesperson for the company told the Salt Lake Tribune on November 21 that “We are not fluctuating our ad spend.” The coffee spokesperson added “We did have a conversation with Schaffer, and he understands that the post was a mistake.”

She stressed, “We don’t traffic in national tragedy and to us, that’s what this is. We are not legal experts or members of law enforcement. We fully support all law enforcement officials and believe in the integrity of the legal system.”

The spokesperson reiterated that the company will maintain its sponsorship of Blaze Media. She explained: “Our concern is that use of the discount code in the post did not reflect our values. That’s a concern we’ve addressed with the journalist and that he understands.”

Blaze employees “make decisions about how to allocate ad dollars within the Blaze,” she remarked. Although the spokesperson did not go into further detail about the company’s status as a podcast sponsor, it noted that the coffee company and the Blaze are in talks about “how to move forward with the allocation of ad dollars.”

Black Rifle Coffee positions itself as a pro-Second Amendment, conservative company that was founded by veterans. Black Rifle Coffee co-founder Evan Hafer released a statement on November 21 declaring that “We do not support legal advocacy efforts. We do not sponsor nor do we have a relationship with the 17-year-old facing charges in Kenosha, WI.”

At the moment, Rittenhouse is facing two counts of first-degree murder for shooting and killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber during a Black Lives Matter riot back in August. In addition, he’s being charged with one count of being a minor in possession of a firearm. During the riots, Rittenhouse was attacked by Rosenbaum. Rittenhouse was carrying an AR-style rifle as he was walking down the street to protect private property from looters.

It is disappointing to see supposedly pro-Second Amendment businesses fold to the mob. Although the Left is very effective at mass politics and causing certain businesses to get cancelled, some businesses will have to take a stand. Submission to these radicals only encourages them to become bolder in their attacks. 

Can Americans actually grow a spine for once?

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