Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The New Yorker on Letten's office and "online trolls"

Posted By Google on Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 4:15 PM

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten at the Danziger trial verdict in August 2011.
  • CHERYL GERBER
  • U.S. Attorney Jim Letten at the Danziger trial verdict in August 2011.

The recent shakeups and breakups under U.S. Attorney Jim Letten amid an online comment controversy caught the eyes at The New Yorker, where Jack Hitt gives the blow-by-blow in "How Forensic Linguistics Identified Online Trolls in New Orleans." Just how exactly did investigators nail down NOLA.com commenters Henry L. Mencken1951 and eweman as Sal Perricone and Jan Mann?

Here's the (brief) saga of James Fitzgerald, "forensic linguistics" specialist and the FBI agent who helped link the Unabomber to Ted Kaczynski.

And a tip from Hitt: "Heloise-like tip to newbie trolls: don’t create an anonymous handle that includes the year of your own birth (Henry L. Mencken1951) or one that contains a homonym of your own name (eweman)."

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