- The Accusations
- Statements from Organizations
- Statements from Individuals
- The Timeline
- Corrections GO HERE IF YOU THINK SOMETHING IS INCORRECT OR MISLEADING
- Further Reading
At the beginning of June 2016, news broke that a prominent member of the Hacker/Journalist/Leak Community had become the target of multiple serious allegations of sexual misconduct. I was aware of certain aspects of this person and after reading the accounts, certain things clicked for me which I had not seen or could not perceive before. If this person had acted alone, lead a double-life and secretly done terrible things, I might never have cared to collect this information. The most painful realization was that these things could never have been done alone, at every step of the way the Community had to have protected him, covered up the stories and shushed the victims. This event lead me to the tragic realization that the Open, Tolerant and Progressive Hacker Community of which I believed myself a member - was no more than a figment of my imagination. It is fair to say that in my heart I believe the victims, but I have chosen to maintain this repository with the highest level of impartiality that I can, so I might sleep at night even if I am proven to be wrong.
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Rape / Sexual Assault
- @feminaecognosce Jacob Appelbaum raped me too...
- @isislovecruft Jacob Appelbaum sexually assaulted me. I'm Forest on http://jacobappelbaum.net
- @flexlibris Jake Appelbaum sexually assaulted me, too. Read about why I'm going public, and what we can do now.
- @hypatiadotca Jacob ignored my use of a safeword
Harassement / Abuse / Bullying / Threats
- @nickf4rr This is the story of @ioerror's coordinated campaign of abuse towards me during the 30c3. My story is not unique.
- @violetblue 30c3: where he threatened me as well, and I never returned
- @legind On abuse verification: I personally witnessed the testimony of Phoenix
- @violetblue his humiliation/bullying tactics didn't work to make me give in
- @violetblue I physically stopped him from harassing/trying to isolate and fuck a frightened female friend
- @quinnnorton a few people told me about J is that he directly threaten to set the mob on them
- @quinnnorton I've held the hands of ppl who talked about Jake's abuse. Sometimes they raged, sometimes cried. They were scared.
- @hdevalence I resigned, due to sexual harassment, bullying, blackmail, and physical harm
- @ackflags He stole research from many of my friends
- @maradydd Those "differences" being him ripping off our research in 2007
Rumors & "I was warned"
- @eqe It took me a few days to start to engage with my responsibility for the things that Jake had done.
- tante After years of whispered warnings some had enough of Jake Appelbaum's emotional and sexual abuse and went public
- @flamsmark if even half of the things I've been told are true, he should be in jail
- @bcrypt I thought I knew which of my friends and heroes had been harmed by JA but the number grows each day
- @lex_is From Montreal's activist scene to #Tor I can't help but feel like it's the same story every time
- @maradydd People deserve to know why Tor evicted its resident sociopath
Statements from Organizations
- @denkiii cDc - "we've decided to remove Jake from the herd effective immediately"
- @legind Freedom of the Press Foundation removes Jacob Appelbaum from its Technical Advisory Board
- TorProject after extensive internal deliberation and discussion, Jacob stepped down from his position
- @chaosupdates Be excellent to each other
- @chaosupdates (8 days later) this means Jacob Appelbaum @ioerror is not welcome
- Debian Project Status Debian Developer, removed since 2016-06-18
Evidence of Coverup
- @banasidhe saying more than "I have my reasons for not trusting him" would just be "drama"
- @oaklandelle Jake has been a missing stair people have quietly warned one another about for years
- @quinnorton oh, things happened, but the were specifically about silencing victims
- @violetblue I've known Jake since 2005. This isn't new or recent behavior.
The Timeline (oldest at the bottom)
hdevalence 1:02am march 17 2017
- hdevalence (Henry de Valence)
- I resigned, due to sexual harassment, bullying, blackmail, and physical harm as a result of their favorite student, Jacob Appelbaum, as well as Tanja and Dan's total abdication of their responsibility to manage the workplace environment in their research group.
eqe 6:35am december 29
- eqe (Andy Isaacson) @eqe 2h2 hours ago
- I've decided to share my experience and thoughts for the future about sexual assault in the hacker community.
- https://medium.com/@eqe/not-working-for-us-bff58e96c2ea … #33c3
feminaecognosce 7:51pm december 21
- Feminae Cognosce @feminaecognosce 17h17 hours ago
- Jacob Appelbaum raped me too. I'd like to talk about how we can better address rape culture in the hacker community.
debian june 18
- Status Debian Developer, removed since 2016-06-18
chaosupdates 3:25pm june 17
- CCC Updates @chaosupdates 5m5 minutes ago
- Yes, of course this means Jacob Appelbaum @ioerror is not welcome. http://grin.to/ICZC1
- 8 days and 2 rape accusations after their extremely vague statement, #CCC finally "clarifies" it. Jake's out.
garrettr_ 6:58am june 16
- Garrett Robinson @garrettr_ 17h17 hours ago San Francisco, CA
- I am joining @legind and @micahflee in publicly stating that I can corroborate Phoenix's anonymous account on http://jacobappelbaum.net
isislovecruft 7:21pm june 15
- isis agora lovecruft @isislovecruft 1h1 hour ago Paris, France
- Jacob Appelbaum sexually assaulted me. I'm Forest on http://jacobappelbaum.net . Here's my full story and what's next: https://blog.patternsinthevoid.net/the-forest-for-the-trees.html …
flexlibris 6:18pm june 15
- Alison Macrina @flexlibris 2h2 hours ago
- Jake Appelbaum sexually assaulted me, too. Read about why I'm going public, and what we can do now.
quinnnorton 12:45am june 12
- Quinn Norton @quinnnorton
- Jake has humiliated and even threatened to rape a friend of mine in front of me. But hey, #notallwomen.
cryptomeorg 5:41pm june 11
- Cryptome @Cryptomeorg Jun 11
- Statement of Solidarity with Jacob Appelbaum @ioerror
- https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2858953-Statement-Appelbaum-11-06.html … / @cfarivar @J9Roem
bcrypt 1:28am june 11
- yan @bcrypt
- Jake Appelbaum no longer welcome at @noisebridge: https://noisebridge.net/wiki/Noisebridge_Statement_on_Jacob_Appelbaum …
legind 6:51pm june 10
- Bill Budington @legind
- On abuse verification: I personally witnessed the testimony of Phoenix, and heard first-hand accounts of numerous other reports from victims
- clarified: He witnessed the incident "Phoenix" in jacobapplebaum.net https://twitter.com/legind/status/742052332540567552
- phoenix story can be found here: https://github.com/ioerrror/jacobappelbaum.net/blob/master/content/phoenix.md
cfarivar 10:53pm june 9
- Cyrus Farivar @cfarivar Jun 9
- Like @Cryptomeorg, I was anonymously sent a 2015 @torproject internal email reprimanding Jacob Appelbaum (@ioerror). https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2858268-Appelbaum-Wurde-Im-Jahr-2015-Ausgesetzt.html …
ioerror_info 10:33pm june 9
- Ioerror Info @ioerror_info Jun 9
- Statement by Jill Bähring regarding Jacob Appelbaum Read: http://tl.gd/n_1sop8ps
cryptomeorg 10:26pm june 9
- Cryptome @Cryptomeorg Jun 9
- Jacob Appelbaum Suspension 2015 https://cryptome.org/2016/06/appelbaum-suspension-2015.pdf …
bernstein 8:46pm june 9
- Joe BernsteinVerified account @Bernstein Jun 9
- SCOOP: Sources: Tor Project Board Knew Of Allegations Against Jacob Appelbaum For Over A Year https://www.buzzfeed.com/josephbernstein/sources-tor-project-board-knew-about-allegations-against-jac
chaosupdates 6:00pm june 9
- CCC Updates @chaosupdates Jun 9
- Be excellent to each other http://ccc.de/de/updates/2016/a-reminder-to-be-excellent-to-each-other … https://twitter.com/chaosupdates/status/740936637044006912
legind 9:25pm june 8
- 9:25PM June 8 2016
- Bill Budington @legind Jun 8
- Freedom of the Press Foundation removes Jacob Appelbaum from its Technical Advisory Board https://freedom.press/blog/2016/06/statement-jacob-appelbaum … @FreedomofPress
banasidhe 9:56am june 8
- Banasidhe @banasidhe Jun 8
- @violetblue Years of knowing compounded by the knowing that saying more than "I have my reasons for not trusting him" would just be "drama".
violetblue 9:34am june 8
- Violet Blue ® @violetblue Jun 8
- -because I physically stopped him from harassing/trying to isolate and fuck a frightened female friend at a party. He was furious.
violetblue 9:32am june 8
- Violet Blue ® @violetblue Jun 8
- Jake hated and threatened me because I wouldn't fuck him, and his humiliation/bullying tactics didn't work to make me give in. And because -
violetblue 9:29am june 8
- Violet Blue ® @violetblue Jun 8
- For the record, I've known Jake since 2005. This isn't new or recent behavior. Many of us are just surprised it took this long to come out.
quinnnorton 8:58am june 8
- Quinn Norton @quinnnorton Jun 8
- @Dymaxion @kramse @hashbreaker oh, things happened, but the were specifically about silencing victims.
quinnnorton 4:52am june 8
- Quinn Norton @quinnnorton
- & 1 of the things a few people told me about J is that he directly threaten to set the mob on them & destroy their lives if they spoke out.
quinnnorton 4:43am june 8
- Quinn Norton @quinnnorton
- What @hashbreaker doesn't understand here is the due process can't die when it was never born in the first place. https://blog.cr.yp.to/20160607-dueprocess.html …
bcrypt 6:52am june 8
- yan @bcrypt Jun 8
- yan Retweeted Leigh Honeywell ( https://twitter.com/hypatiadotca/status/740339378233315328 )
- I thought I knew which of my friends and heroes had been harmed by JA but the number grows each day. It's fucked up.
hypatiadotca 2:27am june 8
- Leigh Honeywell @hypatiadotca Jun 8
- "He said, they said" - I wrote about what it was like being involved with Jacob. https://hypatia.ca/2016/06/07/he-said-they-said/
- contains: "Jacob ignored my use of a safeword when his sexual behavior turned into violent behavior that violated my limits."
oxbloodruffin 10:13pm june 7
- Oxblood Ruffin 3.0 @OxbloodRuffin
- cc @torproject @ioerror and everyone else. contains a screencap of a long account on facebook by Emerson Tan
- This account was later denounced by the person involved in I'm that girl
denkiii 6:44pm june 7
- denkiii @denkiii
- cDc - "we've decided to remove Jake from the herd effective immediately". https://www.facebook.com/cultdeadcow/posts/10157076402890360 …
oaklandelle 1:56am june 7
- Confection Imagineer @OaklandElle Jun 7
- This behavior has not been isolated. Jake has been a missing stair people have quietly warned one another about for years.
- "missing stair" refers to a story about a hazard which everyone knows about but remains unfixed http://pervocracy.blogspot.com/2012/06/missing-stair.html
quinnnorton 11:50pm june 6
- Quinn Norton @quinnnorton Jun 6
- Quinn Norton Retweeted Jacob Appelbaum ( https://twitter.com/ioerror/status/739731362404536320 )
- I've held the hands of ppl who talked about Jake's abuse. Sometimes they raged, sometimes cried. They were scared.
frabyn 8:52pm june 6
- Franklin Bynum @frabyn
- Decoding Jake Appelbaum https://medium.com/@frabyn/decoding-jake-appelbaum-9fa75d060310
- https://twitter.com/frabyn/status/739892839509688320 In which he points out that Jake never directly denied any of the allegations
maradydd 2:34pm june 6
- Meredith L Patterson @maradydd Jun 6
- Jake plunged into a loud, tearful "let's put our differences aside." Those "differences" being him ripping off our research in 2007. 3/n
lex_is 2:25pm june 6
- lex @lex_is
- From Montreal's activist scene to #Tor I can't help but feel like it's the same story every time: https://lexgill.com/2016/06/06/three-hundred-and-twenty-four/
quinnnorton 5:57am june 6
- Quinn Norton @quinnnorton Jun 6
- Quinn Norton Retweeted Nick Farr ( https://twitter.com/Nickf4rr/status/739521667139932161 )
- I just want to +1 this. I was around for a lot of this story, and it was awful to watch.
violetblue 11:08pm june 5
- Violet Blue ® @violetblue Jun 5
- Violet Blue ® Retweeted Nick Farr ( https://twitter.com/Nickf4rr/status/739521667139932161 )
- Ah yes, 30c3: where he threatened me as well, and I never returned. Thank you for writing this, Nick.
nickf4rr 8:17pm june 5
- Nick Farr @Nickf4rr Jun 5
- This is the story of @ioerror's coordinated campaign of abuse towards me during the 30c3. My story is not unique. https://medium.com/@nickf4rr/hi-im-nick-farr-nickf4rr-35c32f13da4d#.wzobf6jog
flamsmark 9:04am june 5
- Tom Lowenthal @flamsmark Jun 5
- Really glad that Appelbaum is no longer a Tor Project employee, but if even half of the things I've been told are true, he should be in jail
scroeser 6:25am june 5
- sky croeser @scroeser Jun 5
- Recent news about Tor seems utterly unsurprising to everyone. So why don't communities deal with this stuff sooner?
tante 10:26am june 4
- Jürgen Geuter @tante Jun 4
- After years of whispered warnings some had enough of Jake Appelbaum's emotional and sexual abuse and went public http://jacobappelbaum.net
ackflags 8:06am june 4
- Jaime Cochran
- @ACKFlags Jaime Cochran Retweeted Sài Gòn Séamus ( https://twitter.com/SaiGonSeamus/status/738974558867202048 )
- Oh I was very VERY vocal about Goth Jake. He stole research from many of my friends, it's up to them to speak out.
git:ioerrror jacobappelbaum.net 5:27am june 4
- 5:27AM June 4 2016
- This repository seems to have been re-created a number of times with no history visible
torproject statement june 4
- June 4 2016
victimsofjake created 9:41pm june 3
- https://twitter.com/VictimsOfJake created
- This twitter account was originally called TimeToDieJake
maradydd 8:36pm june 3
- Meredith L Patterson @maradydd Jun 3
- https://blog.torproject.org/blog/jacob-appelbaum-leaves-tor-project … is a gross disservice to the Tor community. People deserve to know why Tor evicted its resident sociopath.
torproject jakeleaves june 2
jacobappelbaum.net registered 11:15pm may 27
- Domain Name: JACOBAPPELBAUM.NET
- Registry Domain ID: 2031748594_DOMAIN_NET-VRSN
- Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.publicdomainregistry.com
- Registrar URL: www.publicdomainregistry.com
- Updated Date: 2016-05-27T21:15:40Z
- Creation Date: 2016-05-27T21:15:39Z
ei_psi 12:08am may 27
- Ei/Ψ @Ei_PSI May 27
- Thanks to audience & speakers for a constructive & interesting event https://www.win.tue.nl/eipsi/surveillance.html … Hope that @ioerror will get better soon.
git:ioerrror created 12:55pm may 26
- "created_at": "2016-05-26T10:55:56Z",
- Someone created a fake user on github called ioerrror which is a typo-squat
pgp:jacobsvictims may 26
- pub 4096R/799AE1F2 2016-05-26 Jacob Appelbaum's Victims Collective firstname.lastname@example.org
puellavulnerata 12:04am may 25
- Andreⓐ @puellavulnerata May 25
- A precommitment: bfb9a7c833a5fc8f5a938d816b1bbc4acaa06519fdb1af4c8632719596807dac
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