In response to :
While we have been working hard here to cover a story that we do not believe is getting nearly the kind of press it deserves, others who ostensibly share our concern for the victim and her family have made it their prerogative to spread false claims about the journalists here, our intentions and our actions.
1. We did indeed make the commitment to Anonymous Canada, after their complete lack of security made their “confidential” information completely open to the public, that we would not share any of the information the group had collected from those docs until further notified. We requested and were promised further instructions from Anonymous Canada, which we never received.
Despite several times leading us to expect some word from Anonymous Canada on the matter, then failing to contact us at all, we have kept our commitment to #OpJustice4Rehtaeh and Anonymous Canada. All our reportage has been sourced elsewhere on the internet and the original documents remain safe.
2. We have never agreed to speak “off the record” with our source in this matter. The “Anonymous” op quoted in your statement requested to speak off the record retroactively, only after spending nearly two weeks in on-the-record discussion with one of our writers. As you may or may not know, that isn’t how “off the record” works with “journalists” – if you don’t want your statements to be on record, say so before you make them.
3. Since we have also been accused of using this to “make money” from our pay-what-you-want model website, here is further evidence that this is not the case.
The downloadable chat log which follows, shortened to expose the fewest details of the Anon op as possible, but still allow us to clear our name, shows clearly our interactions with the source, who changed her mind at the last minute and has now initiated this action against us.
In the name of free and open journalism, we hope this experience helps Anon to improve its op security and educate its activists on interacting with the media.