OK – I’ve said it many times, but does it bear repeating? Journalism concerning the Amanda Todd case stands out as being some of the worst in the world for spreading gossip and hearsay, and today’s featured article shows that completely. Will there come a time when the Canadians realise they are being lied to? I doubt it. Too spaced out on weed, crack cocaine and maple syrup. But never mind, they can always aspire to being Mayor in a major city.
So any of you with a short attention span can tune out now. Go and look at some pictures of fluffy cats or something, or sign some petition that demands I am investigated. Or if your panties need to be twisted, read the latest news about the stabbing in Wisconsin. That will fulfil your Moral Outrage quota for the day.
Still with me? Then let’s begin:
The author writes ‘Aydin Coban, the 35-year-old Dutch man charged in relation to the online torment of Vancouver teen Amanda Todd’. This isn’t true, and is misleading. He has not been charged with anything remotely close to Amanda Todd. The British Columbia police made a pathetic attempt to charge him, but it’s not valid. The only valid charges are the ones set by Dutch police. No mention has been made by them of Amanda Todd. In fact, no mention has been made by them of any extortion attempts made to girls.
‘The British police agency involved with the case called it “extremely complex” and alleges Mr. Coban used some of “the most advanced techniques available to target his victims and in an attempt to hide himself.”
The above is a joke. One thing I have learned throughout this story is that what the police call ‘advanced’ means going on Facebook with a false identity. It is astonishing how poor they are at doing this job. But again I ask you to just think: if this guy was so advanced, then how come he got caught so easily? He would have been flipping his ips like a pancake, popping through Tor like a dose of salts. Not sitting in some dumbass park in Holland.
‘Amanda Todd sought affection and treated her onscreen realm like a stage and a confessional’. At least the guy gets closer to the truth here. We’ve come a long way since the innocent little cutey-pie who was tricked into one photo by one guy. She now has her ‘realm’, her ‘confessional’.
‘The Globe and Mail has learned that it was the security team in charge of safeguarding the world’s largest online social network, Facebook, that finally led investigators to Mr. Coban.’ Well, this is a turn up for the books. If you remember, it was originally down to the hard work of Interpol, the RCMP, CEOP, Uncle Tom Cobley and all. Now this idiot suggests it’s Facebook, which is cobblers. When the Facebook cyberpoliz turned up on my doorstep, I can tell you first hand that they were the most useless twats you could imagine. But that’s another story.
“I don’t think the police made this case,” says Mr. van Dijk’. Lulzy, really. Just who exactly did make this case? Huey, Dewey and Louie? Curly, Larry and Mo?
‘Facebook declined to comment on any involvement in the Todd case, offering only a general statement. ‘ I have to laugh. The press is desperate to link Amanda Todd to virtually everything. I’m surprised that she wasn’t actually kidnapped by Boko Haram. Give it time.
The author reverts to the usual bollocks, though at least it’s the BlogTV encounter that is described: ‘During one ill-fated session in her webcam chat room hosted on BlogTV, a user convinced her to expose her breasts. Somewhere among the more than 150 users in the chat room that day was a ‘capper’.’ Well, we know what happened really. Only one Capper out of 150? More like 100.
‘The documents on Mr. van Dijk’s desk point to one Facebook user in particular, Tyler Boo, who threatened to distribute more images of her unless she provided more “shows” onscreen.’ Well, no, the documents don’t point to Tyler Boo, mainly because I know who Tyler Boo is. This is just an example of press artistic license – put in a name we all know, because it gets people all of a dither, and pretend that Aydin Coban is the man. And we know that Tyler Boo has actually warned Amanda about the risks of her ‘new material’ – hardly the actions of an extortionist.
‘By the fall of 2011, partially nude images of Amanda re-emerged online. The RCMP warned her parents she should be kept off Facebook and other sites for her own safety. Their restrictions didn’t stick.’ Hmmm? ‘images’. Plural. Not the one photo we were all led to believe then. And of course, we know the full content of the RCMP email – stop Amanda producing her own material. This guy really needs to check his sources.
‘ a journalist for Vice.com exposed the shadowy world of cappers who pursued images of Amanda and other vulnerable girls.’ This REALLY annoys me. Go back to the original article from Vice and you will see a mention that a commenter drew attention to the Daily Capper. That was me. I asked for acknowledgement from him, but of course it didn’t arrive.
“In some of the chat logs people dug up there was someone with the initials ‘AC’ talking. And there was a Netherlands connection with another girl who faced a similar situation.” I keep laughing. I suggested that AC stood for Aydin Coban, but I was corrected – it’s acid-cat. Nowhere near Aydin Coban. As for the ‘another girl? Peyton Ramsey and r0ra. What a joke. Peyto and ro were under a tree, k i s s i n g.
‘ He had no spouse or children and didn’t attend a mosque, judging by the lack of name recognition at any of the area’s major mosques.’ Oh Lord, this is quite sickening. This is shit talk. Why bring a mosque into the story? Well, we know why, don’t we? Nothing gets people more irate than a mosque. To be honest, this is quite disgusting. But then again, I find Canadians disgusting, and surely they can’t all be mindless morons?
‘According to Mr. van Dijk’s interpretation of the evidence, Facebook noticed that a single IP address – the unique locator number for each device connected to a computer network – was setting up dozens of Facebook accounts and accumulating friends and photos at a rapid pace.’ More crap. This story begins to fall apart and like most efforts to lie, it unravels itself within the next few paragraphs, having done so already. Weren’t we told that Aydin was some sort of online superguy who used advanced methods to hide himself? Then we find he is using a single ip address. And again, I can tell you from first hand experience that Facebook are crap when it comes to detective work.
‘The connection to the Todd case became more evident to police after they seized a computer and router from Mr. Coban’s cabin. “They are alleging [Mr. Coban] is Tyler Boo,” says Mr. van Dijk, referring to one of the aliases known to harass Amanda.’ Oh good grief. This is not true. There is no evidence whatsoever of an Amanda Todd connection. Tyler Boo gets a mention purely due to the crap Fifth Estate documentary. But keep an eye on that router.
‘Investigators have also focused on seven MAC addresses – the unique serial number for network devices, similar to a VIN on a motor vehicle.’ Seven MAC addresses, yet a couple of paragraphs earlier we’re told it was one ip. See how it falls apart so quickly?
Now. Back to that router. In initial press releases, the area in which Aydin lived was reported as supplying WiFi. That would be the reason why one router would have several ips connected with it. In fact, Mr. Van Dijk is using this as part of the defence of Aydin – that there can be no proof it was him doing anything, because the router was shared. It would also cover why a lot of activity may have been coming from one area. Now it has become Aydin’s router, which is a false. And by the way – even if it was Aydin’s router (which it isn’t), I would claim that everyone else in the park was piggy-backing it. So that’s another one struck off the list of possibilities.
‘Amanda wasn’t the only alleged victim.’ There aren’t any alleged victims. Procedures do not allow naming of any victims at this point. The ‘alleged’ comes from ONE press report in Holland that was jumped upon by the idiots in Canada. ‘The Dutch Public Prosecution Service alleges there were more extortion victims in the U.K., U.S. and Canada’ – that bit is true -‘where Mr. Coban has been charged with luring a child under 18 via computer, extortion, harassment, as well as importing, distributing and possessing child pornography’ – tha last bit is crap. The RCMP threw the book at him in an attempt to make it look as if they knew what they were doing.
‘The alleged scheme also involved adult men living outside the Netherlands. The prosecution alleges Mr. Coban persuaded men to perform sexual acts via webcam on the belief they were communicating with an underage boy. The men were then blackmailed with threats that the images would be passed on to the police.’ This is about the only bit that has any truth to it, and it kind of destroys the link to Amanda Todd. In fact, it pretty much destroys the whole story.
The original and official press release deals with extortion of men, but the reporter here skews the story yet again. Aydin didn’t go online as an underage boy (that’s just another shock-horror tactic). He went online as a young girl – ‘jonge meisje’. The ploy was to have an identity that made Aydin look like a young girl online (hence the profiles full of girly stuff), then go online and entice men. He would then encourage them to do whatever, and then shaft them with a blackmail attempt. To me, that’s an example of online entrepreneurial spirit. Allegedly.
‘Some of the police allegations still don’t make sense to Mr. van Dijk. Of the seven MAC addresses that appear in the police documents, he says only one was actually found on a device in Mr. Coban’s cabin.’ Ha ha! Police investigations not making sense? That’s a revelation! The loonies will argue that Aydin might have had loads of laptops, or that he destroyed the evidence. Or, of course, we could state the FACT that Aydin was using WiFi and all the other Mac addresses were sharing the router. But hey! Who needs facts when we could have us a good lynching!
Did anyone get this far? I expect the Todd Squad will read this, but, as usual, they won’t comment. They will run around sprinkling ashes in their hair and shouting ‘Hullabaloo’ and possibly send off another hundred emails to the cops saying something like ‘Philip Rose is Aydin Coban’ or ‘Philip Rose is Jack the Ripper’. Let them. It keeps them off the streets.