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July 25, 2006

The Glenn Greenwald Sock Puppet Story, From Start To (Almost) Finish


Instapundit has linked my main page on the Greenwald sock-puppet/lying story, but most of the Greenwald stuff isn't here. Here are the key links in this story:

Shawn started the ball rolling by noting that many of Glenn Greenwald's on-line defenders seemed to use very similar language, causing suspicion that these fake internet posters, or "sock-puppets," were actually Glenn Greenwald himself.

A poster calling himself "Ellison," defending Greenwald on this site, is found, conclusively, to have the same IP as Glenn Greenwald himself, posting on Patterico's site. (Note: This article is written humorously, and is very long, because half of it is jokes. A briefer digest is available at Patterico's, if you just want to get to the point. Read Patterico for the digest, read me for the jokes.)

Then more sock-puppets -- "Thomas Ellers," "Ryan," and "Wilson" -- were discovered on other websites, all somehow using Greenwald's IP address (i.e., the specific internet address identifying your computer on the internet network).

Greenwald denies with a vague insinuation his "Magic Boyfriend" is obsessively trolling rightwing sites defending him under assumed names.

Another sock-puppet discovered, again obsessively defending Glenn Greenwald, this time under the name "Rick Ellensburg." Worse yet, "Rick Ellensburg" is shown to use many of the same tics in writing style as Glenn Greenwald. (And of course he shares Greenwald's IP as well.)

Even worse-- the final nail in the coffin. While the previous post demonstrated "Rick Ellensburg" regurgitating Glenn Greenwald's arguments, in his writing style, a closer examination shows he also PREgurgitates Glenn Greenwald's arguments, writing comments very similar to Glenn Greenwald posts the day before Glenn Greenwald actually writes them on his blog.

Additional similarities in the writing style of Glenn Greenwald and his sock-puppets discovered, further undermining the already-preposterous claim that it is his "Magic Boyfriend" writing these posts.

Note: The timestamp of this post has been manually manipulated to keep it at the top of the blog, as the "latest" post, as Instapundit is directing traffic to the front page of this blog.

It's been made "sticky." I don't know how to do that other than to set the timestamp ahead by several hours.

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