Reuters Sat on Beto O'Rourke Hacking Story Through Senate Campaign
The Daily Wire's Ryan Saavedra reports:
The report, published early on Friday, documented O'Rourke's involvement in a hacker group named "Cult of the Dead Cow," and included multiple past writings from O'Rourke, some of which were described as "disturbing."
"After more than a year of reporting, [Joseph] Menn persuaded O’Rourke to talk on the record," Reuters reported. "In an interview in late 2017, O’Rourke acknowledged that he was a member of the group, on the understanding that the information would not be made public until after his Senate race against Ted Cruz in November 2018."
Menn says that he learned about O'Rourke's involvement in the group after he decided to write about the hacking group, which he called "the most interesting and influential hacking group in history."
"While I was looking into the Cult of the Dead Cow, I found out that they had a member who was sitting in Congress. I didn’t know which one," Menn said. "And then I figured out which one it was. And the members of the group wouldn’t talk to me about who it was. They wouldn’t confirm that it was this person unless I promised that I wouldn’t write about it until after the November election."
Menn revealed he approached O'Rourke, who agreed to an interview after the reporter told him that his book was "going to publish after November and your Senate race is over."
Also late on Friday, Yahoo reported on another scandalous excerpt from O'Rourke's decades-old writings: "Archived versions of writings attributed to O’Rourke’s alias 'Psychedelic Warlord' include one that criticized some women as 'sluts,' mocked them for having 'violent boyfriends,' and suggested a way to deal with these women was to call them 'completely ugly,' or inform 'Nazi Skins in your area' that they had 'AIDS.'"
The Friday news dump is a tried and true technique routinely used by politicians to bury compromising stories by announcing them at the end of the work week in an attempt to minimize scrutiny.