People are asking me about this post from Kathy Sierra. It's a bit inaccurate, and there's two sides to this. That Kathy was doxxed and harassed 7 years is indeed an awful thing, but that doesn’t justify her own bad behavior toward others.
vocally condemned this. All fruits of that interrogation need to be thrown out, even if it means Tsarnaev goes free. And I have no problem saying this to the face of Martin Richard’s parents.
Weev may be a bad human being, but he’s not as vile as mass bomber. I likewise defend him from lynch mobs. His arbitrary conviction and imprisonment under the CFAA was a gross violation of his constitutional rights. Had his conviction stood, the precedent would have threatened all our rights.
What’s wrong with Kathy Sierra’s statement is that she equates defending Weev against the lynch mob with defending Weev’s harassing behavior. That’s like claiming I defend Tsarnaev because I like bombing children. It’s an insulting accusation.
Kathy barged into a conversation last Saturday that started with the claim Weev belonged in jail for doxxing her. My claim was that there's evidence supporting such a conviction – that’s just more lynch mob mentality. There is a NYTimes article from 2008 quoting Weev as claiming he did it, yet Weev has long claimed he was misquoted. The situation is like Dorian Nakamoto, who denies he admitted to Newsweek that he created bitcoin.
As I pointed out on Twitter, we can’t believe Weev either way. He is notoriously unreliable. We can’t trust his denials today, but at the same time, we can’t trust his statements from 2008. As I pointed out on Twitter, Weev has claimed credit for trolls that he was at best only peripherally involved in. Yet, Kathy Sierra insultingly claims this means I somehow believe Weev.
When Sierra bombarded me with Tweets containing insulting and twisted arguments, I was polite in my responses (as you can read for yourself, as they are public). Her reaction, and that of her supporters, is wholly unjustified. Nobody deserves being threatened or doxed, but Kathy certainly deserves some hostility when she makes bad arguments.
Update: I've since had private conversations with Kathy. One-on-one, beyond the 140 character limit, she's actually a much nicer person. We still agree to disagree on this one point, though, but that's a good thing.