It’s been just over two years since I began covering the strange story of fake news agencies that somehow gain access to government lock-ups that are supposed to be accessible only to legit media organizations. What’s more these “news agencies” — which include Need to Know News (NTKN), CEP News, Econolive and World Business Press — have managed this feat while having almost no readers and, in some cases, despite being associated with proprietary trading companies that could directly benefit from access to sensitive economic data.
Sometimes I think there’s nothing more to this story than what’s appeared on this blog, but at other times I’m convinced there’s much more.
Here’s why. Last year after publishing some interesting SiteMeter data, I received this email:
After talking to “Concerned Citizen,” who told me there was a much bigger story here that he would see if he could share with me, I obliged and took down the contents of my blog post, which I have reposted below.
Monday October 18, 2009
There were some interesting visitors to my site last week including the SEC and the U.S. Department of Labor.
Here are the Sitemeter referrals for those of you who follow this type of thing:
Unfortunately, despite my cooperation, Concerned Citizen — who I suspected was from the FBI — renegued on our deal and never contacted me again.
After that I figured it was fair game to expose what incompetents the FBI were and how ridiculous it was that their computers left behind a clearly marked trail.
I suppose if he’d ever intended to get back to me at some point, that pretty much killed our relationship.
Except for this — my friends at the FBI continue to visit, and it’s not as if they don’t have more important things to do, so I can’t help but wonder what really is up here. Below you’ll see Google Analytics data showing that the FBI checks in at AnnBrocklehurst.com pretty much every day. Click on the images to enlarge them.
More to come, updates in progress