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Re: [alpha] INSIGHT-MEXICO-Anonymous kidnapping-US711

Released on 2012-03-02 01:00 GMT

Email-ID 181299
Date 2011-11-10 19:47:39
We too have always question the veracity of the kidnapping claim, but the
premise made sense.
The alleged "Anonymous" activist kidnapped was reportedly engaged in a
physical distribution of leaflets as a part of what they called Operation
Paperstorm. This real-workd activity would make an otherwise "anonymous"
activist vulnerable to real-world detection and abduction - especially
while posting flyers denouncing government corruption and support for Los
Also, we made the opposite argument in our weekly. We noted that the US,
British and Turkish governments have arrested hundreds of these guys, so
they are not all that anonymous, and we believed the Mexican Government
and the cartels likely had the capability to identify at least some of
them too.
From: Marc Lanthemann
Organization: STRATFOR
Reply-To: Alpha List
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2011 13:27:01 -0600
To: Alpha List
Subject: [alpha] INSIGHT-MEXICO-Anonymous kidnapping-US711
Source Code: US711
SOURCE DESCRIPTION: US Law enforcement Agent with Border Liaison
ITEM CREDIBILITY: D (source isn't able to confirm either way but this is
his take)

I have just one question about this anonymous hacker being kidnapped
article down below. If the hacker was anonymous then how could he/she be
kidnapped as no one would know who he/she was, because he/she was
anonymous. If he/she was kidnapped then he/she was not anonymous, because
someone knew who he/she was to kidnap him/her in the first place. It is
anonymous who is announcing the release of this kidnapped victim and not
the Zetas. I do not think the Zetas would release a kidnapping victim
anyway not under such threats. If they did they already know who
anonymous is as I am certain they would have interrogated the anonymous
victim before letting him/her go. This is why I do not even believe there
was a kidnapping in the first place. If the Zetas can find out who
anonymous is so can the Mexican and U.S. Governments. The Zetas are not
that good above what the U.S. and Mexican Governments can do. Yep I think
the kidnapping was a hoax.

Mexican Drug Cartel Frees Kidnapped Anonymous Hacker
November 10, 2011 10:55 AM EST

Anonymous Takes On Mexican Drug Cartel After Kidnapping of Hacker

The unidentified hacker, who was kidnapped by the Zetas in the eastern
Mexican port of Veracruz, was freed before the Nov. 5 deadline set by
Anonymous, the Mexican TV station Televisa reported Wednesday. An
Anonymous member using the nickname @anohispano announced the release of
the kidnapped hacker on Twitter.

Mexican authorities, who have no verification of the kidnapping, had no

The Anonymous in Mexico announced on a YouTube video last month its demand
that Zetas release the kidnapped member warning that failing to do so will
force hackers to reveal online the names of "taxi drivers, journalists and
police officers" serving the violent drug trafficking group known for
displaying the bodies of its executed victims in public.

In the "Anonymous Veracruz" video, which the U.S. security consultancy
Stratfor released, according to Courier Mail, a hacker wearing the mask of
Guy Fawkes, spoke in Spanish threatening retaliation against the Zetas if
the kidnapped hacker is not released.

Stratfor warned on Oct. 28 that "loss of life will be a certain
consequence if Anonymous releases the identities of individuals
cooperating with cartels," according to the blog "eats shoots n' leaves by
Richard Brenneman citing a report from The Guardians.

Stratfor said the drug trafficking gang had hired security experts to
track down the hackers and kidnap, hurt or kill them.

The Guardians report also said that some Anonymous members disagree with
the plan to expose collaborators of the Zetas while others claim that the
kidnapping was a hoax.