So, the BC Civil Liberties Association got the court documents unsealed,</a> and we now have a full picture of what the whistleblower was trying to communicate and the unfortunate nature of the situation. It turns out that this involves FIPPA, unlawful access, spying, FetLife and other various issues. The CBC has the redacted document on the site, but I’m going to dissect it like I normally do with my ATIP releases.
Corporal Brown was an RCMP officer who had a kinky side. According to this court document, he had a USB Keydrive with personal pictures that he was also using for RCMP work. He was disciplined for that, and that’s what the majority of people know about the case. What they don’t know was the fact that in his desk he had two CD-ROMS with pictures of his naked photoshoot, or that there were reports of him using an RCMP cruiser to pick up women. Nothing says creepy like springing on a woman that you like to use handcuffs and are a cop on a first date apparently. Of course, the RCMP has trouble getting information because they’re the fucking cops and you don’t talk to the cops.
It seems that the defendant, an aspiring whistleblower by the name of Grant Wakefield, is being charged with Defamatory Libel because he was unable to back up the claims that he made against Corporal Brown according the court document. The claims are extremely bad, including a claim that Brown was linked to the Piggy Palace and Dave Pickton, and if this is true, it’s unfortunate that the RCMP wasn’t able to find the data that would have supported it, since it would have greatly assisted the case of Jason Gratl and Cameron Ward, who were working on the Missing Womens Inquiry.
In short, there are numerous allegations against Corporal Brown, which lead me to one of two conclusions about this case:
- Grant Wakefield is stalking Corporal Brown and has something against him</li>
- Corporal Brown made Grant Wakefield's sources disappear through harassment</li> </ol> This case is about where an RCMP source is testifying against a member of the RCMP, which is rather ugly, and I'm not going to comment on that part of the case, since it's a toss up. The thing that disturbs me the most is how Mr. Wakefield got identified. It seems that Reive Doig, who has a reputation in the BDSM community, currently runs a site called Erotic Vancouver is heavily involved in this. Erotic Vancouver has a series of posts where Reive defends Cpl. Brown</a>, and it seems that they are against Mr. Wakefield. This could be because some of his claims appear to be unsupported or rely on statements from people who remain silent. Anyway, Wakefield, who decided to call himself Daniel Fawkes, contacted Reive about the Cpl. Brown allegations saying he had more information, and they communicated and later when Reive was approached by the RCMP, he provided the IP address of Daniel Fawkes. The RCMP then went to Telus and found that it was Wakefield's IP address. There's more disturbing incidents of FetLife giving IP addresses to the RCMP as well under PIPEDA. Now, PIPEDA has a provision where service providers and websites can provide information about their users and not have to tell the user about it. However, this is a voluntary provision, and the service could just as easily fight for the user and say "Fuck you, you need a warrant". It seems that FetLife does not fight for the users. Many of the redactions in the document are ridiculous, such as the holding company of FetLife, which makes reading it somewhat funny. It's clear it didn't go through the same process that is used to redact Access to Information releases. In fact, I think this is one of the most interesting documents to read because it shows you how the Vancouver Integrated Tech Crime unit works and what you need to do to not be caught. Even if you think that Wakefield is a crackpot and that his claims are unfounded, I think that the heavy handed nature of the criminal proceedings against him are ridiculous. People shouldn't just let the RCMP grep the logfiles, and it's sad, but not unpredictable to see Telus just roll over and give the IP address of people like this. This is further proof that the RCMP abuse their powers to silence their critics, and that if society gave them additional powers under C-30, this could have been a lot worse. In short, the BCCLA did good here. As far as the rest of the case, I think it's best to leave that to the courts. I honestly hope that Wakefield does turn out to be the whistleblower that we want him to be and that they find the files, but the fact that the majority of his leads are turning up empty isn't exactly encouraging. But yeah, there's a lot more to this than meets the eye, and if Wakefield was using Tor, he wouldn't be in this situation. It's important to protect yourself against bloggers, even against people like myself who do fight for the user.