Though I generally despise Internet anonymity when it comes to politics, I like Anonymous. Always have.
When it’s actually Anonymous, that is, and not just some lower-case anonymous person with a Guy Fawkes mask and delusions of grandeur.
Senator Johnny Isakson was apparently forced to issue a statement today refuting Internet claims that he is on a list of Klansmen to be outed by Anonymous’ OpKKK project.
“This information is absolutely false and comes from an unverified source. Senator Isakson has never been affiliated with the KKK,” the statement reads.
Someone claiming to be Anonymous posted a handful of phone numbers and email addresses to a Pastebin account on Halloween, which should have been our first clue.
Snopes takes it from here.
“While it’s difficult to definitively label any source as an ‘official’ Anonymous account (as anyone is free to claim membership to the group, which has no central organization), its largest social media presences denied the information released on 2 November 2015 was linked to the promised data dump,” Snopes writes. “Whether information of that description will be released on 5 November 2015 has yet to be confirmed, and the details of that purported release have not yet been verified.”
The International Business Times posted a link earlier today to a different OpKKK data dump purportedly from Anonymous, which lists a series of email addresses from Russian service providers and phone numbers to curious places in the United States, including what appears to be the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office. But, as Snopes noted, Anonymous has denied that any of the data coming out right now is legitimate.
When the real data dumps on Thursday, we’ll be watching.