On October 3, 2019, NBC published an article by Ben Collins that featured a false conspiracy theory origin story.
It also incorporated debunked smears against myself from Duncan Campbell.
As a result of this, I have now debunked NBC and numerous other mainstream media outlets that ran with the same story.
Mainstream media, please note:
In 2017, I criticized an article that Duncan Campbell had co-authored with James Risen over it's spin and framing.
Immediately after this, Campbell started spreading rumors and lies to try to manipulate people and turn them against me (nine months before he published his hit-piece). He even tried to coerce whom he believed to be a third party into libeling me.
I personally witnessed this because Campbell initially thought I (by my real identity) was just hosting this site (rather than operating it) and he tried to manipulate me to turn me against my pseudonymous self (which obviously was never going to work out as he'd intended)..
He told me a series of lies and pushed rumors, suggesting I could be getting paid by Russians and other ridiculous nonsense to try to convince me that my alter-ego was shady.
He prepared a false allegation as a statement and tried to coerce me into agreeing with it.
I then called him up, recorded the conversation, challenged him on his lies, forced him to backpedal and in doing so forced him to clarify and demonstrate that he knew the truth behind his lies and distortions. (ie. He showed that he had knowingly tried to deceive me.)
Campbell has been a mendacious, manipulative and malicious fraud. I don't like saying this because I'm against using the "name-calling device" but it's accurate. His actions, his "journalism" in this instance, has been completely fraudulent.
I have recordings of conversations and emails that help to demonstrate this.
Campbell is absolutely NOT a credible source for information about myself or my work, quite the opposite, he has engaged in egregious journalistic malpractice and has sought to destroy my reputation with lies and I can only assume (due to the timing of when his malicious behavior first became apparent) that this is because he has been vengeful ever since I criticized his and Risen's article.
Please quit regurgitating Campbell's smears. He has been extensively debunked and evidence has emerged corroborating the findings and reportage of those he had smeared.
It is not fair that you profiteer from lying about me and unduly harming my reputation..
September 23, 2019
Been a while since the last update.
I'm currently working on an article covering all available countervailing evidence related to Guccifer 2.0 in aggregate. I'm hoping to have it ready for publication before the end of the year.
I said something in my previous update that I needed to follow up on, so, here's the update on where we are with the ridiculous Campbell/ComputerWeekly smears and conspiracy theory nonsense:
I also have a transcript to publish relating to Campbell's efforts to use lies to manipulate people and coerce people into agreeing to false statements but will save that for another day.
For now,I'll just focus on the Guccifer 2.0 article.
June 8, 2019
At the end of July 2018, Duncan Campbell wrote a hit piece defaming several people (though primarily targeting myself). He promoted a conspiracy theory (that was soon debunked) and came up with a technical theory supposed to support a premise that Guccifer 2.0 had tampered with timestamps in the NGP-VAN archive.
Yesterday, scrutiny of Campbell's tampering theory was published:
I will soon publish a brief recap on the situation with ComputerWeekly, highlighting how their hit-piece has disintegrated over the past year.
I'm also preparing to release further evidence relating to journalistic malpractice. I don't want to release it but, if necessary, I will. The final decision on this will be made on August 1, 2019.
June 1, 2019
Forensicator published a new article on April 22 (just after my last update here) that looked at Guccifer 2.0's files showing that some seem to have been acquired even before the GRU-attributed activities reportedly occurred:
On April 29, Forensicator published another article revealing more evidence that suggests Guccifer 2.0 was deliberately planting both Russian and Romanian indicators in documents he had released:
My article about the Special Counsel report was published on May 6.
It covers various troubling omissions, conflicts & problems with volume 1, part 3 of the report (the part primarily relating to Russian hacking allegations and the Guccifer 2.0 persona):
On May 27, Forensicator published another article, this time revisiting the "HRC_pass.zip" with a surprising finding: it's likely that a USB device was used around the same time as US timezone settings were recorded being in effect just prior to the archive being constructed (this time, in the central timezone and within a week of Guccifer 2.0 appearing):
April 22, 2019
I've added some items to the timeline regarding Guccifer 2.0 and DCLeaks.
Although not directly related to Guccifer 2.0, Forensicator recently published a highly detailed analysis of the leaked DNC emails that WikiLeaks released in 2016 that is worth checking out:
I'm currently working on article about the Mueller report but this will probably not be ready for a couple of weeks due to my current workload elsewhere.
Following this, I'll have a very brief recap on "ComputerWeekly's Fake News Fiasco" (detailing what has happened since the hit-piece was published, outlining the new evidence and explaining what my plans are to get this situation resolved).
March 16, 2019
Here's a brief update on all of Guccifer 2.0's indications of activity in US timezones that have been discovered by independent analysts/researchers during the past two years:
Finally, a slightly off-topic "heads up" for those of you who have followed recent reporting on the DNC emails: Expect to see further details enter the public domain in the not-too-distant future.
March 3, 2019Last year, while distracted by having to deal with smears, lies and conspiracy theories, two things emerged in the public domain in relation to Guccifer 2.0 that, due to the commotion, I unfortunately missed.
One of these was evidence that further supported the premise of Guccifer 2.0 being active in the central (US) time zone (bringing us to 4 or 5 examples of indications in that timezone now depending on whether you count Twitter and WordPress activity separately).
The discovery (originally revealed by a third party researcher/analyst in August 2018) was recently covered in a blog post by Forensicator:
In addition to this, a study carried out last year on a corpus of Guccifer 2.0's text has apparently provided a strong indication that the persona was likely to be Russian in origin (through analyzing lexical errors with the aid of Google Translate).
In conjunction with other observations, this would seem to suggest that Guccifer 2.0 (or at least one of those behind the persona) may have been a Russian who had substantial capacity to speak English (based on his lack of struggling with syntax where Russians would typically struggle) but that struggled with correct translations for certain terms.
December 26, 2018
Guccifer 2.0 Game Over Year End Review
Between discoveries of new evidence and being forced into defending ourselves against a ridiculous smear campaign, it's been a rollercoaster this year, but, ultimately, we've risen to the challenges and have come out on top.
To everyone that has supported or contributed to independent efforts to investigate Guccifer 2.0 over the past two years, thank you.
Here's the year-end review...