Trayvon Martin's Email and Twitter Reportedly Hacked By White Supremacist
The racist smear campaign against Trayvon Martin has hit a stomach churning low. Gawker reports that a self proclaimed white supremacist using the internet handle "Klanklannon" has hacked into multiple email and social media accounts used by the deceased teen.
The allegedly hacked material showed up earlier this week on 4chan.org, something of the NSFW Wild Wild West of Internet culture. Four slides were uploaded of the alleged hacked material.
Gawker did not reprint any of the alleged hacked materials, and cannot confirm that they are real, but does report that they are still being passed around the internet in an effort to smear Martin.
One slide attempts to prove that Martin was an habitual user of marijuana, while another tried to prove that he actually dealt marijuana.
The hacker also uploaded the login information for Martin's Gmail, Yahoo, YouTube and Twitter account, but had changed all of the password to racist slurs. Many of the accounts have since been deleted, but Trayvon's MySpace page is still up. The last login is listed as Tuesday.
Gawker claims they were contacted by a source who claims to have logged into the accounts shortly after the post went live and shut many of them down out of respect. Though he did provide Gawker with an alleged screen cap of his Gmail inbox.
Martin apparently used his Gmail account for his college search, and it's filled with emails about upcoming SAT tests and scholarship applications. ("Trayvon, now is the best time to take the SATs!") One email included the results of a career aptitude test, our source said. It "talked about his interest in aeronautics and stuff."
This is not the first time Martin's online prescience has been scrutinized. Earlier this week a supposed image of Martin flipping off a camera made the round. Riptide quickly discovered that the picture was not of Martin.
On Tuesday, conservative website TheDailyCaller.com also mysteriously had gained access to Martin's Twitter account and published a history of his tweets. Just hours ago the website, co-founded by former CNN talking head and Dancing with the Stars contestant Tucker Carlson, also published the contents of a second Twitter account they believe to have belonged to Martin.
The obsession stemming from right wing media sources with Trayvon's character as displayed online is particularly head scratching. The kid is dead. The legal questions involved are completely unrelated to his Trayvon's character, or whatever small glimpse of it he decided to portray on the Internet for his friends.
The only questions that remain are why George Zimmerman decided to call 911 on the unarmed black teenager that night and why he eventually fatally shot him.
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