In his most recent Wall Street Journal column James Freeman remarks on the active life of Anonymous:
The government “whistleblower” seeking to overturn the results of an election in which more than 120 million Americans identified themselves and then voted is still insisting on anonymity. But a second anonymous federal employee is now blowing the whistle on the first one, alleging a problem with anonymous donations.
Gregg Re of Fox News reports:
A newly filed complaint to the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) alleges that the whistleblower whose allegations touched off House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry may have violated federal law by indirectly soliciting more than a quarter-million dollars from mostly anonymous sources via a GoFundMe page.
The complaint, which was filed last week and obtained by Fox News, alleged the donations from roughly 6,000 individuals “clearly constitute” gifts to a current intelligence official that may be restricted because of the employee’s official position pursuant to 5 CFR 2635.203 and other statutes. To date, the GoFundMe has raised over $227,000.
The first anonymous whistleblower’s lawyer tells Fox that the fundraising is being conducted legally. None of the attorneys involved is seeking to remain anonymous.
Another fundraising effort, which does not appear to be related, is the anonymous publication of a book critical of the President and purportedly written by a senior government official. “White House laughs off Anonymous book as old news” is the headline on a Politico story by Daniel Lippman.
None of which is really relevant to much of anything at all. I just find it amusing. Or frustrating. I guess that’s the cost of a 24-7 news cycle and social media. Never have so many done so much anonymously. It’s like everyone has become Sy Hersh.