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HUGE! Neal Rauhauser’s Vicious Lies Exposed by Yet Another Leaked E-Mail

Posted on | June 11, 2012 | 57 Comments

Last night, I published an e-mail showing that Democrat political operative Neal Rauhauser, representing himself as an agent of Brett Kimberlin’s Velvet Revolution, had used his connections to the “Anonymous” hacker conspiracy to reach out to leaders of the “Occupy Boston” protests.

Tonight, Brooks Bayne at The Trenches has an e-mail he calls a “bombshell” — and quite rightly so!

UPDATE: I’m not a lawyer, but what Rauhauser appears to be doing in this May 24 e-mail — besides lying about me — is attempting to inveigle California attorney Jay Leiderman into representing Mike Stack in a nuisance lawsuit against Patrick “Patterico” Frey.

Stack is the guy whose involvement in exposing the Anthony Weiner sex scandal resulted in him being “SWATted” and, subsequently, harassed by Rauhauser, who became obsessed with a paranoid conspiracy theory of WeinerGate. In February, Rauhauser published his crackpot theory (“Andrew Breitbart’s ISR Cell?”) which suggested that Andrew Breitbart and the security firm HBGary were somehow involved in Rauhauser’s own 2010 “TwitterGate” scandal, as well as plots against Kimberlin.

Like I say, I’m not a lawyer, but I’d guess this incredible e-mail — read the whole thing — exposes Rauhauser to serious legal jeopardy.

My advice to Neal? Plead insanity.

UPDATE II: This scoop by Brooks Bayne — you’ve got to go read it, now — fits in with what one source told me in a phone conversation today: “Neal’s lost it.”

Apparently, Rauhauser has been sending lots of crazy e-mails like this to lots of different people, making insane accusations about me, Patrick Frey, Seth Allen, Aaron Walker, Ali Akbar, James O’Keefe and people who have nothing to do with the Kimberlin story, but against whom Rauhauser harbors grudges.

Rauhauser probably should have been institutionalized after he published his eight-page conspiracy theory treatise in February and sent copies of that deranged gibberish to the FBI and to police officials in New Jersey. He seems to have been undergoing some kind of slow-motion mental breakdown for the past couple of years, and has become obsessed with a variety of “enemies” who, in his demented imagination, are all conspiring against him.

For example, in June 2011, after he became fixated on the WeinerGate scandal, Rauhauser (blogging at DailyKos as “Stranded Wind”) invoked two of his Twitter nemeses from 2010 and threatened to get Dana Loesch fired from CNN:

When you read this, Ms. Loesch, and I know you will, I have a personal request for you. Go get with discredited, disorganized dullards @SwiftRead and @GregWHoward of Twittergate fame, and then show me those pretty, pouty lips of yours saying my name on PJTV again. That’s the only TV outlet you are gonna have, honey, because we’re going to make it impossible for CNN to keep you

Those whom Rauhauser called “discredited, disorganized dullards” were instrumental, along with Michelle (@Zapem) Lessick, in exposing how Rauhauser (who at the time was a campaign consultant to various Democratic candidates) had aparently organized a crew of Twitter trolls he called “Beandogs” to attack Tea Party activists.

Why did Rauhauser bring up Patrick Read and Greg Howard in the context of trying to get Loesch fired from CNN? It makes no sense, but that’s just how his warped mind works.

UPDATE III: Let me remind readers that Rauhauser published his twisted game plan in two 2010 posts on the Open Left forum:

Those masterpieces of deviousness were, in essence, the blueprint for what Rauhauser attempted to do in “TwitterGate,” with disastrous consequences for his reputation when he got caught. You’ll notice that these articles are now only available as online caches, because Rauhauser deleted the originals. Neal’s always trying to scrub away evidence of his mischief, deleting stuff and trying to pretend it never happened. He thinks he’s so smart (and we’re so stupid) that he can get away with such crap.

UPDATE IV: Just in case you haven’t been following the story, here are my recent posts about Neal Rauhauser:


  • Dianna Deeley

    It’s bizarre and delusional! Any second now, I expect him to start spewing about ninjas. 

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Wow.   This may be the turning point in this strange saga.  

  • Dianna Deeley

     It screams “failure of nerve” to me, but I’m marginally connected to reality, so my judgement cannot be used to predict the actions of people floating in a gentle bath of delusion.

    But at least I’m on vacation and can watch it all evolve in real time.

  • JeffS

    Strange. There’s an intersection of Neal with SWATting, Occupy, Anonymous, Beandogs, Weinergate, Twittergate and more to follow


  • Dianna Deeley

     I want a flow chart.

  • JeffS

    My advice to Neal?  Plead insanity.

    Easy to prove, but I’d rather he’d face hard time in Federal “pound me in the ass” prison, and use that as leverage to get him to rat on Kimberlin.

  • JeffS

    Methinks that an organization chart would be better.  Or maybe a Venn diagram.

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  • Dianna Deeley

     Organization is too much to ask.

  • Stogie Chomper

    Stacy, that’s “Velvet Revolution” not “Velvet Underground.”  I almost made the same mistake earlier today.  The latter was a rock band in the late 60’s and early 70’s.

  • Dianna Deeley

    I’d love to know who the blacked-out name is. 

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  • JeffS

     Oh, there’s ALWAYS an organization.  Maybe it’s conventional, or uses the cell system, or is a loose network.  But there’s some sort of order involved — genuine anarchists wouldn’t touch these clowns with a vaccinated crow bar.  There’s a boss here, waving the baton.

    No, what we are seeing here is probably due to a lack  of discipline and unity of purpose.   You get that with any group comprised of sociopaths, narcissists, and greedy guts. 

    That’s why I suggested the Venn diagram.  Although, after some thought, a network topology might be more appropriate.

  • Kyle Kiernan

    I just tried going over to to see what BK(?) is saying over there and it returns a database connection error for all addresses I have saved over there.  Is it burning the files night already?

  • Dianna Deeley

    Stacy – you’ve got “once source” where you meant “one source”. I know you’re working fast, but if you can fix that it might be a good thing. 

  • Dianna Deeley

     No clue.

    You did take precautions in visiting that site, I hope?

  • robertstacymccain

    Yeah, I’m fixing errors as fast as you guys point them out. Commenters as copy editors — I appreciate the help.

  • Guest

    Stranded Wind?  Really?  That sounds like a fart that can’t find its way out.  What a loser.

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Federal prisons rarely are that.  Most of the low and mid security ones are white collar and drug related and everyone is on good behavior for privileges (although there is only limited parol in the fed system).  I am sure there is gay sex, but it is probably mostly consensual.  

    The hard core fed prisons are super max.  Isolation.  23.5 lock down.  The only pounding is self inflicted.  

    As much as I despise these mendoucheous criminals, I do not wish rape on anyone.  A bullet to the head is better.  

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Lawrence O’Donnell

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Charles Johnson

  • Dianna Deeley


    Well, that’s just bizarre enough to turn out to be true.

  • JeffS

    I guess you never saw Office Space

    And I forgot the “/humor” tagline.  🙁  

  • L.N. Smithee

    What would be the basis of a hate crime against Neal Rauhauser? Since when were conspiratorial twerps a protected class?

  • Adjoran

    Rauhauser is melting down like a cockroach when the lights come on and he finds himself smack dab in the middle of “Riverdance.”

  • richard mcenroe

     Venn diagrams, network topologies… whatever happened to a plain old ball of snakes?

  • K-Bob

     And for all that they were not exactly good, conservative lads, they were still wayyy cooler than these punks, Kimberlin and Rauhauser.

  • K-Bob

    We just say “Federal” and the rest is understood.  As in,

    “…no not that small hammer, I want the big, ‘federal’ hammer.”

  • K-Bob

    I vote for a collection of full-sized stone menhirs, mathematically positioned to reflect the most important aspects.

    You can’t sweep THAT under the rug.

  • Wombat_socho

     Where is Glenn Beck and his blackboards when we need him?

  • jwallin

    Stranded Wind?

    Isn’t that a pre-Fart?

  • Bob Belvedere

    Where have you gone Glenn Beck
    The nations turns it’s eyes to you

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  • Bob Belvedere

    Re-reading your linked post of 07 Oct 2010, @rsmccain:twitter , this part stuck out [emphasis mine]:

    ‘It was at Netroots Nation that Rauhauser’s partner in Progressive PST, Beth Becker, says she met Arizona Democrat Rep. Raul Grijalva, co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. In a Sept. 30 post at DailyKos, Becker (“Spedwybabs”)…’

    Don’t know if there’s any significance in it.

  • creeper00

    Damn right there’s significance to it.  Speedway Bomber Brett Kimberlin doesn’t do anything out of the goodness of his heart.  There has to be something in it for him. 

    I’m convinced there is a very powerful person pulling the strings here.  Whoever it is had better be careful.  Speedway Bomber Kimberlin won’t hesitate to throw that puppeteer to the wolves if it suits his own personal agenda.

  • PaulLemmen

    You are mostly correct. However, often federal prisoners are in custody in a “detention”facility under contract to the US Marshal’s service and said detainees are at the mercy of greedy county jail administrators. For years until their case is over and they are either released (rare as 95%+ of all fed cases are plea bargained after 2-3 years) or sentenced and sent into the federal system where things are much better, especially at the minimum security level). White collar criminals held in 10 man cells with murderers, rapists, etc., often (as I was for two years) the 15th man in that 10 man cell, sleeping on the floor, non-existent medical care, crappy meals (the feds pay a flat per day fee, no overrides for meds or meals with meat except for halal meals, these are paid for by the feds)  fights (I got smashed in the face, my tooth cracked and my nose broken fending off a sexual attack my 1st week in detention while my attacker got a lock in a sock upside his head for his trouble) and intimidation. The rapes in these detention facilities are never reported by guards unless hospitalization is required and these attacks are not about sex but about exerting power.

  • PaulLemmen

    Captain Kangaroo …

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  • McGehee

    I just hope nobody steals his strawberries.

  • McGehee

    Best he could hope for would be a pity crime. Just to make him feel like maybe we’re not all maliciously ignoring him — or worse, just pointing and laughing.

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady
  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    I forgot that line!  Thanks!  

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  • bEtHbEcKEr

    That is a troll Neal response if I ever saw one. Note the use of the word twerp.

  • Shawny

    If you’re “marginally connected to reality” then I’d say we’re in great shape…..and good company.  Fortunately we don’t have to predict or judge the Calgonites immersing themselves in delusion.  All we have to be able to do is locate the handle with both hands and flush.  ;  )

  • Shawny

    ….that or the bubble before you break it with your teeth.   Unless you’re one of those dudes who makes a living forming those little balloon animals. 

  • crosspatch

     Vaccinated crowbar. Nice, I’m going to remember that one.  Stolen.

  • Ladd Ehlinger Jr.

    I like to term NR’s sort of thinking as medieval. A crow flies overhead and it’s a sign from God that the crops will fail next year. 

  • Ladd Ehlinger Jr.

    Er, only, there is no God in his mind, I suppose…

  • Dianna Deeley

     I am fairly sure Brett Kimberlin has dreams about selling his services to someone rich and powerful. He wakes up from those dreams to the squalid reality, and hates himself and all the world, too, I’m satisfied to think.

    I’m also fairly certain that no one who managed to become rich and powerful would come anywhere near Kimberlin and his associates – he’s loud, ridiculous, and incompetent (in the end, has he achieved any long term goal? He has not.).

    So, finally, it does not seem to me that anyone outside of Kimberlin’s circle of delusional and weakminded supporters would think there’s any real power behind him.