On Friday evening, someone using the Twitter handle Septscelles put up a link to a 1.2-gigabyte torrent of documents--Word files, PDFs, PowerPoint presentations, and so forth. Septscelles says these documents come from the Chamber of Commerce, the Mackinac Center, and the American Legislative Exchange Council.
The leak was initially reported as having come from the "hacktivist" group Anonymous, but member and sometime spokesman Barrett Brown says that Septscelles is unaffiliated with the group. In an interview with The Tech Herald, Brown describes Septscelles as "someone I'd never heard of," and at the Anonymous forum AnonNews, Brown writes that "I had nothing to do with this and immediately raised suspicions about it."
Suspicions? Well, yes--Brown has reason to believe the new cache of documents isn't totally on the level. Recall that when Anonymous released a bunch of documents from the cyberintelligence group Team Themis, those files described various strategies for discrediting watchdog groups--including creating "false documents" and "fake insider personas." So Septscelles may be a concerned citizen who values transparency, or, as another posting at AnonNews puts it, he or she may be trying to "discredit Anonymous through a campaign of misinformation."