(John Ransom, Headline USA) In an irony as big as the hypocrisy of today’s elitist rulers, Canadian anarchist Aubrey Cottle claimed responsibility for the hacking of the crowdfunding site GiveSendGo’s Freedom Convoy donor list, citing talking points that seemed to be lifted directly from the ruling elites’ PR advisors in Washington DC or Ottawa.
“In a ‘manifesto’ that sounded like it was taken in dictation directly from the feds, Cottle explained that he hacked the Freedom Convoy’s crowdfund site to ‘stop an insurrection,’ prevent ‘foreign political influence’ and to ‘stop truckers from terrorizing cities,” reported American Greatness.
It’s a big-turn around for the anti-establishment Cottle, a one-time founder of the hacking group Anonymous.
Last year, Cottle claimed responsibility for hacking former President Donald Trump’s social media platform.
“We had a fun time trolling it to high heaven,” Aubrey Cottle, a hacker affiliated with Anonymous, told the New York Times.
Cottle came out of “retirement” last year to deal “with the current QAnon menace warping minds around the world” and claimed to be “working closely with forensic researchers and journalists,” according to a post he made on Reddit.
His previous account at Twitter has been permanently suspended for unspecified rules violations.
Still, the mainstream media seems remarkably protective of Cottle, with no outlets reporting that he was the man behind the GiveSendGo hacking and doxing of Freedom Convoy contributors– which is still a crime under federal law whether it happens to Donald Trump or freedom-loving Americans.
“Any time a person hacks into a computer without permission, a crime is committed—even if the person doesn’t steal information or damage the system,” according to CriminalDefenseLawyer.com. “Hacking crimes can be prosecuted in state or federal court.”
In this case, Cottle actually stole personally identifiable information and did enormous damage to the GiveSendGo systems and its users.
“The Verge reported that a copy of the data it obtained contained about 93,000 entries,” said Newsweek, “that included names, email addresses, ZIP codes and country or origin.
No one is holding their breath that Cottle will face prosecution. It’s more likely the establishment will give him a medal.