Various media went giddy Monday as a hacker claiming to represent the hacktivist collective Anonymous, posted a list, which claimed to take the hoods off prominent politicians allegedly in the KKK. The list  named 4 Republican senators, including Republican Senate Majority Whip, John Cornyn, 4 Democratic mayors and 1 Republican mayor.

The International Business Times got an exclusive interview with the hacker who goes by “Amped Attacks,” who explained how he got the information, and claimed to be a member of a faction associated with Anonymous. USA Today got in on the action, as did The Hill, The Huffington Post, US Uncut, and others. All of them reported that the post was the work of Anonymous.

There’s only one problem with this. The main Twitter account for the Anonymous operation against the KKK has disavowed the list.

This account has NOT YET released any information. We believe in due diligence and will NOT recklessly involve innocent individuals #OpKKK

— Operation KKK (@Operation_KKK) November 2, 2015

Elsewhere on the Twitter feed, Operation_KKK gently distances itself from Amped Attacks.

We respect the work of our fellow freedom fighters. However, we are unable to confirm, deny or take credit for any work that we did not do.

— Operation KKK (@Operation_KKK) November 2, 2015

Another top Anonymous Twitter account reminded followers and the media only to refer to the Operation_KKK account.

For any information about #OpKKK we will refer to the official [email protected]_KKK twitter account

— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) November 2, 2015

Anonymous’s collective nature is a double-edged sword in this case. The leaders can’t forcefully distance themselves from someone who is clearly not speaking for them, because anyone can pick up the mantle of Anonymous. Yet, the planned doxxing against the KKK is obviously a high-level operation, planned for Thursday, November 5th, and the person who posted the list is clearly not on the same page.

Many of the names don’t even pass an immediate sniff test. Among the mayors who are supposedly secret members of the KKK, one argues for a greater role for women in politics, one is a gun control advocate, and one is an openly gay man. What common cause would they make with white supremacists?

International Business Times reported that Amped Attacks said,

“All I can really say without fully admitting to federal charges is that several databases were dumped from different KKK websites that all linked their emails to the politicians in question and the only way their emails would have been on there to begin with is if they showed support when signing up for [the site] or filled out an application.”

So, the evidence that “Anonymous” supposedly had tying major political leaders to the KKK is that emails associated with them have been used to access Twitter accounts associated with the KKK.

I would love to see an attorney try to press that in court. The defense could easily argue that the politician was not operating the email account, and some intern had signed up for things willy-nilly. Or, that access had been gained in order to do opposition research on the KKK. Without further evidence, email logins as star witness wouldn’t even make it to court in the first place.

The media outlets that reported on this outing without questioning how it was derived should have been more careful. They should have referred to Anonymous’s official social media presence before rushing to the presses. It strains credulity that Anonymous would go after such big fish on such flimsy evidence.

The list actually raises questions about who, in fact, posted it and why. It almost seems like an attempt to steal thunder from, or discredit, Anonymous’s planned unveiling of 1,000 KKK members on November 5th.

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