In a pair of posts that are well worth reading.
Neal Rauhauser’s Online Slander Factory discusses some emails by Rauhauser currently being published at Lee Stranahan’s site. There is a blockbuster email that has yet to be published, but the ones published so far show Rauhauser’s penchant for fabricating claims about others (me in particular) and sending those fabricated claims around in email:
Lee Stranahan has obtained e-mails sent privately by Brett Kimberlin’s demented associate Neal Rauhauser in which Rauhauser makes what would appear to be false and defamatory statements about a number of individuals, including Patrick “Patterico” Frey . . . .
By July 27, 2011, Rauhauser declared that Patterico “looks to be a pretty good candidate for the planner/operator behind Weinergate.” Rauhauser’s ideé fixe — his bizarre delusion that Anthony Weiner was the victim of a conspiracy coordinated by Patterico — is a figment of his febrile imagination.
Yet when Rauhauser transmits these deranged and baseless claims via e-mail (and, as we have seen, he seems to do this routinely) he crosses a line between being a mere kook and being a slanderer. And when, as in his May 24 e-mail to Mike Stack and Jay Leiderman, Rauhauser attempts to orchestrate an unfounded nuisance suit against Patterico, he crosses another line into what would seem to be an interstate conspiracy to corrupt the justice system.
The e-mail published by Lee Stranahan shows Rauhauser not only falsely asserting that Patterico was “funding” Seth Allen and “used to work together” with O’Keefe, but furthermore saying that Allen, Walker, Ron Brynaert, Mike Stack and Michelle Lessick all have “psych[iatric] disabilities” or “mental difficulties.” Rauhauser says Stack “was steered to attack me – he’s another person on psych disability that Frey picked out and victimized” — an absolutely ludicrous smear.
Then we have Neal Rauhauser’s Game Plan Involving Velvet Revolution and Anonymous. It’s a post that documents an important comment by Rauhauser in which he claims he and a major player in the online hacking group Anonymous teamed up to back Velvet Revolution. (This is all stuff I have known about for months, but I appreciate Stacy’s energy in putting the story together at a time when I am too busy to do so.)
From the Rauhauser comment:
A few hours pass and then a very big dog from the Anonymous pen comes knocking, puzzled over why one crazy person with a Twitter account is so important.
People have a view that Anonymous is all crime, all the time, but that’s more properly the mysterious transnational behavior problem that is LulzSec. Most of the Anonymi are more interested in free speech and technology — “We don’t break into things, we break out of them”.
We start talking, comparing war stories clear back to the 1990s, and it turns out big dog and I didn’t know each other, but our circles did cross. Pretty soon an obscure IRC channel on an obscure network is full of people that went quiet ten years ago, all making popcorn and getting ready to watch the fun.
Fun? Absolutely — because now Anonymous understands that Velvet Revolution is the only victim of HBGary that has both standing and the will to pursue them. They understand that Velvet Revolution has faced an organized smear that is pretty transparently attributable to Breitbart associates. And now there may well be a connection between the two.
McCain’s post, along with the Rauhauser comment it documents, explain much about how Rauhauser first came to contact Velvet Revolution. Also, you’ll be interested to see that Rauhauser claims to have written a report that was seen by members of Congress.
Which leads me back to that yet-unpublished email. You’ll be especially interested to see who Rauhauser claims to be working closely with now. Hint: it’s not Obama or anyone in Congress — but it is someone who is conducting an official criminal investigation of James O’Keefe.
Developing, as they say.
UPDATE: No sooner do I hit publish than I learn that the “yet unpublished email” has been published. This may be worth a separate post.