Anonymous has named a second person purported to be involved in the Amanda Todd case.
This time, the “hacktivist” group pointed to a 41-year-old Wisconsin man, releasing what is believed to be his real name, nickname (Viper), e-mail address and profile page from a website known for child pornography.
Like last time, the information was posted on Pastebin, a website on which anyone can store and share text.
Earlier this week, the group had posted contact information for a 32-year-old New Westminster man, fingering him as the man who allegedly blackmailed the Port Coquitlam, B.C., girl, driving her to take her own life.
A man who replied to an e-mail address posted by Anonymous said he was not the accused blackmailer and a man who answered the door at the posted address reportedly said he had no knowledge about the online claims. Police called the finger-pointing “unfounded.”
However, a man with a similar name does have an outstanding file in Surrey Provincial Court. The 19-year-old was charged with sexual assault and sexual interference of a person under 16 in offences that do not relate to Amanda Todd, Crown spokesman Neil MacKenzie said.
When confronted by CTV News outside the courthouse on Monday, he claimed he knew Amanda but was her friend and had offered to help her identify a New York man who was harassing her. He told the Vancouver Sun the “real” tormentor lives in New York and goes by the nickname Viper.
The case highlights the confusion that can ensue with Internet vigilantism, when emotions are heated and there is a demand for swift justice.
Sergeant Peter Thiessen, a spokesman for the Lower Mainland District RCMP, said Mounties had spent “considerable time” responding to rumours and issued a warning against such vigilantism.
“They run the risk of committing a criminal offence,” he said. “There are a number of things under the Criminal Code at our disposal if the right evidence is obtained to lay a charge under those circumstances.”