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Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Has SWATgate Been Solved?
The first person SWATted was Crying Wolfe Blog. He's now reporting that the SWAT caller has been identified. From what I gather, it was some anonymous-4chan wannabe found in the recesses of tor ip's and backwater websites.
Mike says the SWAT calls were made for $20 a pop. Calls to Stranahan's radio show were charged $10 each.
It'd be nice to see confirmation of this.
Assuming this is true, and the FBI now has proof of who made the calls, several questions still remain. They will need to be answered before there is any pure closure to this alternative reality game cliffhanger.
*** The only available audio of Ron Brynaert is from an internet interview. I spoke to Ron a month or two ago. He sounds nothing like that audio. He's got a regular guy voice in real life. In the interview he sounds tinny and nasal. Was Ron Brynaert's interview voice mimicked by the SWATter? It sounds that way to me.
*** Will law enforcement be able to ascertain who paid the caller?
*** As in, were the SWAT calls ordered by a completely independent third party or by folks involved in the overall story?
*** If there was a direct connection to teams Breitbart and Numbnuts, one question tells me who was ultimately behind the SWAT calls. Cui Bono?
I hope this isn't a false alarm. I hope what Mike Stack reported yesterday is for real.