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James Dolan, co-creator of SecureDrop, has tragically passed away at age 36

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posted on Jan, 9 2018 @ 03:27 PM
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 James Dolan—one of the co-creators of SecureDrop took his own life over the holidays. He was 36.

In 2012, James worked with Aaron Swartz and journalist Kevin Poulsen to build the original prototype of SecureDrop, the open source whistleblower submission system, which was then called DeadDrop.

In January 2013, Aaron Swartz himself committed suicide as the US government was attempting to prosecute him for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act related to allegedly copying academic articles from JSTOR. SecureDrop was an unrelated side project he was working on at the time.

At that point, James was literally the only person in the world who knew all the ins and outs of the system.


So it seems like another one of the creators of securedrop has committed suicide. I remember the Aaron Swartz case and there seemed to be some suspicions his hanging suicide was maybe not actually suicide.

The article doesn't mention how Jason died but does mention he had a history of PTSD from service in Iraq. It may just be a sad case of too much depression and stress but it seems kind of suspicious that both of the main creators of this project have died by suicide.

In case anyone doesn't know what securedrop is:
securedrop


SecureDrop is an open-source whistleblower submission system that media organizations can use to securely accept documents from and communicate with anonymous sources. It was originally created by the late Aaron Swartz and is currently managed by Freedom of the Press Foundation.

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posted on Jan, 9 2018 @ 03:37 PM
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whistleblower submission system, which was then called DeadDrop.


He was dead dropped alright.... Dropped dead. More accurately, suicided.

Though I would normally think that there should have been more to it. I mean, the product is already out. Why kill him after the fact instead of before? Unless, there was something more coming out, or supposed to come out? Usually people get suicided to stop them from doing something, not because they've already done it.


ATA:

ok... One thought. Maybe to send a message so that no one else thinks it's a good idea to start up or keep pushing something like this.



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posted on Jan, 9 2018 @ 03:42 PM
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originally posted by: StallionDuck
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whistleblower submission system, which was then called DeadDrop.


He was dead dropped alright.... Dropped dead. More accurately, suicided.

Though I would normally think that there should have been more to it. I mean, the product is already out. Why kill him after the fact instead of before? Unless, there was something more coming out, or supposed to come out? Usually people get suicided to stop them from doing something, not because they've already done it.


ATA:

ok... One thought. Maybe to send a message so that no one else thinks it's a good idea to start up or keep pushing something like this.




It mentions in the article that he had probably the most in depth knowledge of the system out of anyone alive and taught the people working at the Free Press Foundation how to install, run and maintain it. He also used to travel and help organizations set up the system for themselves and according to the article was the one that really worked on the security aspect of it.
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posted on Jan, 9 2018 @ 05:35 PM
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ok... One thought. Maybe to send a message so that no one else thinks it's a good idea to start up or keep pushing something like this.




Not likely. Usually the number one reason for suicide'ing someone is the age old "dead men tell no tales".

What was his secret? ....I doubt it was a Wikileak. If you catch my drift.
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posted on Jan, 9 2018 @ 05:35 PM
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Gosh I hate how ATS doesn't enable all sub-forums (like this one) to appear when pressing the "Recent" posts link!



posted on Jan, 9 2018 @ 05:38 PM
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originally posted by: carewemust
Gosh I hate how ATS doesn't enable all sub-forums (like this one) to appear when pressing the "Recent" posts link!


Yes. This is the wrong Forum for sure.



posted on Jan, 9 2018 @ 06:19 PM
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originally posted by: carewemust
Gosh I hate how ATS doesn't enable all sub-forums (like this one) to appear when pressing the "Recent" posts link!


Yes. This is the wrong Forum for sure.


If it's an ATS forum, the posts in that forum should appear when clicking "RECENT". That's how I surf ATS. Very simple like.



posted on Jan, 9 2018 @ 06:53 PM
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"No question this was a murder." ~ Gordon Duff


That is what Gordon Duff said about Aaron Swartz, but I believe that Dolan and Swartz were both assassinated...


The mainstream media has been doing a snow job to make us believe that Aaron Swartz committed suicide by tying a rope around his neck and hanging himself.

Was Aaron Swartz Murdered?

An intelligence analyst tells Press TV that rogue elements within the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) are responsible for the assassination of American dissident Aaron Swartz. He also added that the US mainstream media has turned a blind eye to the issue. US internet activist Aaron Swartz, who was an outspoken critic of US President Barack Obama’s policies was recently found hanged in his apartment.

Rogue elements within CIA responsible for Swartz murder

Every element in the Swartz case indicates that he died in a heroic attempt to expose the perversion that has corrupted the hearts and minds of the global elite, a heinous and often murderous vice that traumatizes innocent children and threatens every family on this planet.

Was Aaron Swartz Killed By An MIT Satanic Child Porn Ring?



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posted on Jan, 9 2018 @ 07:33 PM
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What was his secret? ....I doubt it was a Wikileak.


An unspecified number have speculated that Wikileaks is controled opposition for some nefarious entity and exposing it could perhaps be hazardous to an individuals health ...



posted on Jan, 10 2018 @ 02:17 AM
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Did he hang himself with a toothbrush?



posted on Jan, 10 2018 @ 11:46 AM
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Also known as forced suicide...


Your choice is we kill or you you kill you.



posted on Jan, 10 2018 @ 08:37 PM
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Bingo



posted on Jan, 10 2018 @ 10:19 PM
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Very sad loss. RIP. If he did it himself, was probably harassed so much he couldn't take it anymore. Similarly speculated as to what happened with Aaron Swartz.




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