September 20, 2011, 5:55 PM — The unflattering assessment of hactivist group Anonymous and its leaders that was distributed by Anonymous itself turns out to have been a hoax, and a bad one, distributed via Twitter and Tumblr by people claiming to be members of Anonymous.
The document had a few minor issues that indicated it might not be the product of the famously anal-retentive, process-addicted bureau, according to ThreatPost, a news feed from security software developer Kaspersky Labs.
Criticizing British police for arresting Topiary, once-and-future spokesman for Anonymous spin-off group LulzSec, for example, or describing LulzSec second-in-command Kayla as an American MidWesterner in his mid-twenties whose stunted personality was damaged by child abuse.
LulzSec members had let slip earlier this summer that Kayla was a 16-year-old girl with extraordinary hacking skills for her age.
What British police found would have made Kayla an even odder teenage girl when they arrested two men, aged 24 and 20, they accused of sharing the persona of Kayla.
The FBI has its faults, but it doesn't usually misidentify the gender or number of bodies occupied by a suspect who was arrested almost a week before the profile was "leaked."
Then, for those who were picky, were the misspellings, typos and citation of Wikipedia as a primary source for background on the group.
The FBI doesn't do Wikipedia. You can't interrogate Wikipedia. You can't intimidate Wikipedia. You can't make Wikipedia wear a blue suit.
As I and everyone else who wrote about the "leaked" document pointed out, though, the important part about the document wasn't whether any of the leadership of Anonymous or Lulzsec have any interesting sexual perversions or emotional problems, but whether, to what extent and how intensely the FBI pursues them.
It pursues them intensively, and with lots of company.