Posted on | September 17, 2013 | 56 Comments
Neal Rauhauser’s role in Brett Kimberlin’s war against Aaron Walker and other bloggers was the “hook” that originally got me involved in this story in May 2012. I’d never heard of Kimberlin until then, but I knew very well how evil, crazy and deceptive Neal Rauhauser was from the “TwitterGate” episode in 2010. (See, “‘A Faint Whiff of Vigilante Hysteria’: Weinergate’s Kimberlin Connection.”) So when Brett Kimberlin filed a lawsuit in Maryland Aug. 30, the possibility that the case would expose Rauhauser’s role was . . .
Well, it was potentially newsworthy. Little did I suspect, however, that Neal Rauhauser would make public his own role in the suit:
“You will find a suit against @AaronWorthing, @Ali, @rsmccain, @wjjhoge, and @KimberlinUnmask. I provided the plaintiff with the Twitter forensics for this suit. If you’re not being sued like this, I am probably not looking at you at all. . . .”
– Neal Rauhauser, Sept. 17, 2013
Yeah, Neal: Go ahead and delete that — too late. Screen-capped it:
You can click that image to enlarge full size. What Rauhauser is doing — beyond his inevitable habit of bragging about his exploits, of course — is attempting to intimidate other bloggers into being silent about Kimberlin’s latest “lawfare” attack on bloggers:
“Don’t get manipulated into being entertainment
for trolls, don’t get set up as a target for a lawsuit, and
definitely don’t get caught in the middle of what appears
to be a lover’s spat between Ali Akbar and Karl Rove.”
That nonsense is just the small change of Rauhauser’s disinformation efforts, which have been continuous since 2011, at least.
Neal’s claim that he is the victim of “a conspiracy theory by a single delusional, obsessive woman in New Jersey” is the exact opposite of truth. Neal is the one who keeps manipulating people, spinning conspiracy theories about his enemies, in order to create a plausible explanation for his own evident wrongdoing.
And in the process of his manipulations, Rauhauser has burned more than a few bridges with his former allies on the Left, including many members of Anonymous who realized (too late) that Neal was using them as pawns in his own selfish games, including the “Carlito2000″ scam that contributed to Barrett Brown’s September 2012 meltdown.
It was always likely that Rauhauser’s association with Kimberlin would become part of the Kimberlin v. Walker et al., lawsuit. However, by admitting that this association has been active as recently as Aug. 30, now Rauhauser has practically guaranteed this.
Well, I could say more, but don’t want to say too much.
@rsmccain Yesterday was a great day, but it wasn't the day I was born.
— Todd Kincannon (@ToddKincannon) September 18, 2013
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) September 18, 2013