Skip to comments.Steven Hatfill's Strange Trip From Accused Terrorist to Medical Adventurer
Posted on 06/29/2014 12:05:43 AM PDT by John Faust
... Across a series of blogs and far-right message boards, someone going by the moniker of the Real Luigi Warren (a.k.a. Luigi Anthrax Warren) had operated a lurid rumor mill about Hatfill for more than a decadepromoting, in particular, hearsay about the years he lived and worked in southern Africa during the throes of apartheid. In 2010, after the aggressor surfaced in the comments section of theatlantic.com, Hatfills lawyers made their move. They sent a six-page letter to the man they assumed to be the real Luigi Warren, a stem-cell researcher at Harvard Medical School named, not incidentally, Luigi Warren. They gave him 14 days to delete the online attacks or have his reproachable conduct exposed in litigation.
But Warren flipped the script. In fact, he had been a prolific post-9/11 commentator on his own woolly blog, The Hatfill Deception, where he posited that the campaign to promote Steven Hatfill as a person of interest
was a bureaucratic ruse or diversion to maintain a useful strategic ambiguity. But Warren said to Hatfills attorneys that he was not the source of the latest diatribes against Hatfill; someone, he said, was impersonating him. In a quest to triangulate their way to the troll, whoever it was, Hatfills attorneys roped Google into the lawsuit. The company eventually cooperated, handing over the IP address behind the Luigi Warren blogs, hosted by Googles blogspot. That numerical fingerprint188.8.131.52was traced to a computer in South Africa, at Stellenbosch University, where Hatfill had earned a masters degree and completed a medical residency in the early 90s. School officials reported that the machine in question belonged to a radiation oncologist named John Michie. The defendant agreed to a confidential settlement. (Michie did not respond to an interview request from Newsweek; Hatfill voluntarily dismissed Google from the suit.) ...
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Ping... Anybody still here?
Does anybody know what the comments were on theatlantic.com? Better yet, is there a link, or a link to the Wayback Machine?
To my recollection, the troll was trolling Warren, not Hatfill.
So far, what I got out of the article is that The Atlantic is a far right publication.
I think it was a comment some reader posted that generated Hatfill’s complaint, not the Atlantic article itself.
Still getting curiouser......................
Article in question: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/05/the-wrong-man/308019/
Howsoever, offending comments by LW are all deleted, every one o’ them.
I do remember The Great Satan, and his interest in Project Hatfill - indeed, I have a vague memory that it was his blog - or maybe not, I can’t get the details right.
This is a fascinating story, and it shows the limits of the anonynimity of the internet.
Offending blog vis-a-vis Newsweek was the << Luigi Warren >> blog, which was << NOT >> by Luigi Warren aka TGS, but by some stalker who accused him.
Newsweek says the stalker was Michie.
Both blogs are gone gone gone. Warren's was at hatfill.blogspot.com, now innocuous pap. The stalker's was at luigiwarren.blogspot.com, just gone.
Still mysterioso: Why did Hatfill sue over the stalking, when the stalking was aimed at Warren???
There is The Steven Hatfill Experience, itself.
There was The Pointed Finger, by Dr. Barbara Hatch Rosenberg, born of some kind of dubious (and inexplicable) hysteria.
Then, there was The Final Resolution Of The Whodunnit (Dr. Bruce Ivins done it) -- more a solution of convenience than a true resolution.
And, in all the smoke and dust (and mirrors), there remains The Great Amerithrax Mystery. Unsolved still today.
We don't know where the anthrax came from, nor who was responsible for delivering it. It remains Nine Eleven's matryoshka.
Warren might have decided that his best option was to reveal his own name, anonymously of course.
1st, the secretiveness may have been attracting too much unwanted attention.
2nd, being willing to reveal his own name was an implied threat that he was willing to reveal anything.
The "Let the chips fall where they may, old chap" theory.
Not 184.108.40.206 ... IP address was 146.232.xxx.xxx.
Accuracy in every thing. But I am just a lowly FR poster without a fact-checker.
Please remind me -—— What do those big-media editorial gatekeepers add again?
Ping to a few more people who might be interested if they’re still around.
Thanks. Check out John Ringo’s pasting of DOJ and the FBI on this in his _Under a Graveyard Sky_. Their attitude is that, if you can explain how a crime occurred, you must have done it. No one in medicine or biology in their right mind will now talk to them about anything remotely related to biological terrorism or warfare.
But don't you wonder... what was his actual game?
Probably more than ten thousand posts on FR and elsewhere. A well-maintained blog with articles carefully thought out and persuasively written. Nearly a full-time pursuit.
His personal motivacion? Fancied himself as a butterfly in the chaos o’ life... seeing how big of a bang he could cause by flapping his wings just right.
A bang, Khan? What kind of a bang do you mean?
Thanks, Thud, I’ll check it out.
Talking to them is usually not a good idea. Ask Richard Jewell or Martha Stewart.
But... but... Didn't TGS argue that the threat of retaliation by anthrax meant that the US should delay any attack on Iraq?
The only testimony that I’ve heard that conflicted with the testimony that the invaders had removed infants from incubators was that of a Palestinian doctor who fled Kuwait with the Iraqis and then turned up in an interview by the LA TIMES- the same paper that has allegedly been sitting on a video of Obama. Essentially, he said she said verses she said he said.
Yes, that was TGS’s argument in a nutshell. He also predicted -before the invasion of Iraq - that the fear of WMD would prevent the invasion, and some of us replied that we didn’t think it would at all and the invasion would as I described it IIRC, take place before morel mushroom season was over in the spring.