Chatlogs have surfaced from a secret IRC chat of Crash Overide Network (CON), an “anti-harassment” network founded by Zoe Quinn. The group was founded a few months after the Gamergate movement arose, and CON soon made its way up the social hierarchy after Twitter added them to their “Trust and safety council”. Although purporting to be an organization that prevents abuse, harassment, and bullying, anyone who knows anything about them knows that they are some of the worst harassers online(As this chatlogs now prove).
The entire leak can be found HERE, and an archive of it found HERE. The chatlogs include prominent Social justice warriors like Ian Miles Cheong, Zoe Quinn, Chris Kluwe, Sarah Nyberg, Peter Coffin, Katherine Cross, Archur Chu and many many more.
The chat logs were first leaked to Youtuber BroTeamPill, who did a 3 hour video discussing them. Ian Miles cheong, a former member of the group who now works for Heatstreet confirms that the leaks are real, and revealed who some of the screen names belong to. The 50,000 lines chatlog shows the members discussing doxing of their detractors and attempts to destroy their careers. The group also discusses reporting Milo Yiannopoulos for supposedly breaking the UK’s hate speech laws. Ian Miles Cheong highlights some more of the bullying tactics revealed in the leaks:
“Beyond doxing and expecting the mob to publicly shame outed individuals, the group went a step further and discussed contacting employers to get people fired. This included silencing a member of the armed forces and Purple Heart recipient for his views supporting Gamergate by contacting his superior officer. The group also targeted Google employee Justine Tunney, who was both a vocal supporter of Occupy Wall Street and GamerGate. There was no shortage of threats to sue anyone who supported GamerGate into financial oblivion.
The group as a whole often served as a hammer wielded by its participants and engaged in petty disputes with individuals on social media. It made a concerted effort to attack and defame game developer Brad Wardell because of a personal beef Zoe Quinn had with him. There was much discussion surrounding prominent consumer advocate and YouTube personality John “TotalBiscuit” Bain, with unkind remarks about his health and chemotherapy treatment. Both individuals had expressed support for GamerGate.
Other YouTubers like the popular atheist commentators Sargon of Akkad and Thunderf00t and media critic MundaneMatt, also were subjects of discussionbecause of CON member Rob Marmolejo’s personal beef with them. Marmolejo was recently exposed as a sex pest after it was revealed that the organization may have enabled his sexual harassment of women online. According to public statements by Israel Galvez, another CON member, over 20 women have come forward with allegations about Marmolejo.
The group believed that it carried more clout than other Twitter users because of its “SJW powers,” and members requested that Randi Harper escalate reports they’d made about GamerGate supporters to hasten suspensions. It went well beyond simply getting people banned from Twitter—the group made an active effort to hurt their opponents’ wallets, and they usually did so by going after their Patreon accounts. Individuals like 8chan site owner Fredrick Brennan and lawyer/blogger Mike Cernovich were on the receiving end of their actions. Additionally, members of CON conspired to sabotage the charity stream of feminist charity The Fine Young Capitalists, which needed funds to develop an independent video game. The Toronto-based organization had past history with Zoe Quinn. For its part, TFYC has since released their first game, Afterlife Empire, on Steam in 2015.“
The group never once stopped attacking gamergate:
“Intent on painting GamerGate as a “hate movement,” members of CON looked for every opportunity to pin the blame on GamerGate for anything that might make its supporters look bad. The group discussed highlighting transphobes within GamerGate to blame them for the suicides of transgender women. Despite a lack of evidence that the suicides had anything to do with GamerGate, CON members rationalized that trolls who participated in “Operation Trans Genocide” from 4chan’s /pol/ board were undoubtedly affiliated to the movement. A CON member wrote a Tumblr post on the matter, blaming GamerGate for everything awful under the sun, and countless tweets made during that time attempted to tie both subjects together.
GamerGate supporters have long suspected that collusion between the press and individuals opposed to the movement was at play. It may sound like a tinfoil hat conspiracy at first glance, but the chat logs reveal that Crash Override Network hadties to games journalist websites like Polygon. Despite the group’s relationship with the media, Zoe Quinn expressed disdain for a Boston Magazine reporter who asked her difficult questions, and attempted to suppress the publication of his story.
In light of the leaked chat logs, people are right to be skeptical about “anti-harassment” groups like Crash Override Network and ask what business Feminist Frequency has financially supporting an organization that actively partakes in doxing, hacking, and trolling. With zero accountability, its members, like Rob Marmolejo and Randi Harper, may never face the consequences of their actions.”
Gamergate and everything it stood for, has effectively been vindicated.