I've been handed (or directed to) a whole lot of new material about the effort -- dare I use the word "conspiracy"? -- to take down Anthony Weiner. It's a bizarre, complex tale -- a novel written in Hell by a team of psychotics. And it involves some of the most wacky characters ever to assail the internet.
Various tributaries of the story involves an Assistant D.A., an egomaniacal porn star, congressional staffers, sock-puppets, hackers, hackers who hack hackers, imposters, a professional trickster, and -- I kid you not -- a surrealist "artist" who became infamous for writing about time travel. We also have a pretty good candidate for the real-life individual who operated under the name of "Dan Wolfe."
Yes, a lot of this stuff is pure red herring, but I don't know how much.
Is it important to catalog all of these claims and counter-claims? I think so. If nothing else, this tale -- or rather, this agglomeration of tales -- underlines the artificiality of the internet universe. When we interact with people online, we simply cannot know who is real and who is an imposter.
There's enough material here for a series, not just a single post.
But I'm not sure if my readers are interested...!