On Tuesday, The Wire was included on a press e-mail sent by TheAnonMessage, a member of the collective Anonymous.
The e-mail titled "ANONYMOUS - EMERGENCY PRESS RELEASE" was odd for several reasons, the least of which was that it didn't actual call for any new action and this sort of feckless aside:
"We are protesting a radio station here and I wish I could crash their facebook page"
The communiqué also included a hastily put together YouTube video, which contained a petition and a list of meeting places for protestors in Ferguson in the video's description.
As it turns out, this e-mail committed several breaches of basic Anonymous protocol, including the use of carbon copy instead of blind carbon carbon as well as the shame of a Microsoft Outlook address. At least, according to another person who claims to be part of the collective.
On Wednesday, TheAnonMessage was quite coldly taken to task by another member of Anonymous, who sent a thrashing screed not only to TheAnonMessage
As we wrote last week, TheAnonMessage had threatened to release the disclose the identity of the Ferguson police officer involved in the Michael Brown shooting on Twitter if the Ferguson Police Department didn't do so first. The wrong name and photographs of the officer were released and the account was suspended by Twitter. It turns out that this e-mail was the final straw.