This has just about become standard when the ministry or members of the community are on the hunt. One can only speculate for what motivation and under what circumstances ‘A Parent’ almost certainly chose to use a false address – whether on his or her own initiative or with others; or through the minister’s office or the ministry media section. In the Cameron Slater period there was a symbiosis between the minister’s office (especially Anne Tolley’s), Cameron Slater, and editors (and given it was the time of the Marlene Campbell persecution especially the Southland Times).
To see a more dramatic link (probably involving Cameron Slater) from the Marlene Campbell case, all the way through to a naval spy station in Virginia, click here:
This following is the information about ‘A Parent’ from technical support. In these furtive times, it might be useful for a wider audience to know how it all works.
Whois: http://whois.arin.net/rest/ip/220.127.116.11 (IP: 18.104.22.168)
The IP address 22.214.171.124 is the internet address that he or she was using when he or she posted his or her comments.
An IP address is the actual address we are allocated when on the internet. Anything else, whether web page or email address, is merely a facade that is easier for non- IT people to understand. For example there will be an IP address of 12 numbers, broken up into 4 segments, for the networkonnet website. When we enter https://networkonnet.wordpress.com into the browser and press enter, the browser immediately searches for the IP address associated with this url.
If you want to see what happens, here’s the similar information for you.
Whois: http://whois.arin.net/rest/ip/126.96.36.199 (IP: 188.8.131.52)
(by the way, it seems your email address, when you first entered a comment, was incomplete – this is not important though.)
If you click on this http://whatismyipaddress.com and then paste your IP address 184.108.40.206 in the search box you will see your approximate location.
Using the same process for ‘A Parent’ results in this:
So what can we conclude?
1. He or she was in the Christchurch area when he or she posted his or her comments.
2. He or she was using a computer, hooked up to his or her landline, and therefore we can assume he or she was in his or her house.
3. The email address used to comment (firstname.lastname@example.org) is extremely unlikely to be his or her usual email address. Therefore, it’s a reasonable assumption that he or she set this email address up for one reason only – to post comments on the web site without revealing his or her identity.
4. We can speculate why he or she felt it was necessary to keep his or her identity hidden. However I’d suggest that a genuine correspondent would be less concerned about his or her identity and so this could be an example of dirty politics of lesser or greater magnitude.
Hope this explains everything.
From Allan Alach and the technical support team
In nearly every case I am involved in of this type, the false address ruse is used, and always by those on the side of the commissioner. (This does not necessarily mean the commissioner was involved.)
In this case, ‘A Parent’ began with a very precise point, but as the correspondence developed he or she became diffuse. Near the end, the syntax was breaking down, but then the writer collected him or herself. In doing so though, he or she revealed the basis for my interpretation (although an opposite one could validly be made) – that he or she was near frantic to prove that all the information used in his or her correspondence could be drawn from information publically available. The point for me though, was that I had never raised that matter and didn’t intend to. It seemed to me that the writer felt vulnerable and had it all thought through and in hurry to broadcast.
My overall interpretation is that ‘A Parent’ had some kind of link to an inside job.