Computer Expert Leaks Thousands of Protester Emails

Tom Ryan says Anonymous hackers are Occupy Wall Street masterminds
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2011 6:32 AM CDT

(Newser) – A cyber-security expert has released thousands of Occupy Wall Street protesters' emails—and says he has learned which of the protesters are affiliated with Anonymous. Group members are participating in the movement, Gawker notes, but Tom Ryan, who leaked some 3,900 messages from an Occupy Wall Street mailing list, argues that they're secretly in charge.

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He says Anonymous is leading a campaign of misinformation and attempting to spark police violence, but he hasn't thus far proved the claim, Gawker notes. Ryan knows "which of them are Anonymous members, who aren't, and what they do and their alter-egos," he says. He also says he can tie OWS to terrorist groups, alleging that there are Occupy posts on al-Qaeda recruitment forums. Now Andrew Breitbart has got his hands on the emails, and he says they prove that the protests amount to a "conspiracy to 'destabalize' [sic] Global Markets." Click through for the full story. (Read more protesters stories.)

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