News is being revealed of a 4chan user who is in trouble with his government after he allegedly leaked data to the site. According to IBTimes, “Michael Scerba, a Department of Defence graduate, faces two charges after allegedly disclosing the document in 2012 in a 4chan post titled “Julian Assange is my hero.” The Australian’s post allegedly read: “I release what I feel should be in the media: bombings, civilian deaths, actions of the ‘terrorists’ that just aren’t reported in the media.”
Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, 4chan decided the would-be whistleblower was full of it and only a few comments were made on the post before it was automatically deleted — as is what happens with unpopular 4chan posts. “To my dismay I just got a bunch of ‘fake and gay’ remarks and the secret documents went 404 [website not found] about 4 comments and 1 hour later,” Scerba allegedly later wrote.
A senior officer at the Defence Signals Directorate, the organization from whom the leak emerged, “happened to notice the posting” and the Australian Federal Police tracked the IP address. A broken disc was recovered from Scerba’s trash that police allege contained the 15-page report that had something to do with a collected effort by the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
News of the whistleblower emerged only because of released documents surrounding Scerba’s trial, where he is expected to plead guilty to at least one count.