FBI Closed #GamerGate Case Due To No Actionable Leads, Evidence
(Last Updated On: December 24, 2016)

Despite the media claiming that #GamerGate was a harassment campaign, it turns out that those claims are part of a “fake news” cycle… that is, unless the mainstream media like Time Magazine, New York Post and The Guardian can produce evidence that the FBI was not privy to.

The FBI managed to investigate several accounts of harassment that was brought to their attention, and those forms of harassment either turned out to be false flags pointing to a YouTuber, anonymous pranksters, or a joke carried out by youths.

In a Freedom of Information Act document shared by a dedicated citizen who wanted to take a look at some of the information that the FBI were investigating regarding #GamerGate, details about documented harassment were made, and the individuals involved were discussed to some length. While there was some finger-pointing at several Twitter accounts, and some people accused users of SomethingAwful.com being the culprits of harassment (along with members of the Baphomet board on 8chan) nothing concrete came out of the FBI’s investigation.

From the Utah threats, to the anonymous egg accounts sending Anita Sarkeesian and Brianna Wu death and rape threats, to the e-mail threats (of which the FBI suspected in some cases it was the same person using multiple accounts to send the threats due to what they perceived to be similar writing), most of it was done anonymously or in a somewhat tongue-in-cheek manner. For instance, in one e-mail described on page 16 of the FOIA, the individual threatened to blow up Anita Sarkeesian using “9,000 bombs”. An obvious allusion to the “over 9,000” meme from Dragon Ball Z.

Due to the jocular manner in which the threats were conducted and the lack of any identifiable suspects who actually had intentions to do harm, the FBI closed the case.

In one of the PDF files for the FOIA, the FBI wrapped up the #GamerGate case last year on September 21st, 2015, with the closing statements of the document noting…

“During the course of the investigation, the FBI San Francisco continued analyzing threats [redacted] by sending subpoenas and tracking IP addresses associated with the email and twitter accounts. No additional subjects or actionable leads were developed as the result of the investigation.

 

“In addition, during the course of the investigation, another victim of “Gamergate”, [redcated] was identified and interviewed by the FBI. [redacted] resident of Boston, MA, was also receiving threats via twitter, email and youtube. Grand Jury subpoenas were also served [redacted]. Due to the use of proxies, no subjects or actionable leads were identified. Based on the videos posted on youtube, SA [redacted] identified [redacted] as the originator of those videos. [redacted] was interviewed by the FBI and it became apparent that [redacted] as a joke. Boston USAO was contacted regarding [redacted] and declined prosecution of the matter.”

The Youtuber they discuss involves a certain Mr. Repzion, who was on the receiving end of a false flag attempt to frame him as the harasser of Anita Sarkeesian. The topic was archived on Reddit last year in 2015.

The FBI closing document also discusses the threatening voicemails sent out, but it turns out that it was two young boys sending prank calls to purposefully upset the victim…

“In May 2015, someone using [redacted]. The caller also left a threatening voicemail. The investigation identified, [redacted] the owner of the Google Voice telephone number [redacted]. The findings of the investigation were provided to USAO in San Francisco and Boston. USAO in San Francisco declined prosecution due to lack of jurisdiction. USAO Boston declined prosecution without giving any explanation. SA [redacted] contacted Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General, Cyber Crimes, regarding this matter. The Office has already been working with SA[redacted] on the Gamergate investigation. The office agreed to take the lead on the [redacted] investigation. On September 1st, 2015, Indiana State Police interviewed [redacted] […] [redacted] admitted to making threatening calls as a joke. Based on the interview, the Office informed SA[redacted] that the State of MA will not be prosecuting [redacted] and will be closing its investigation.”

So there was harassment going on, but it had no real affiliation with #GamerGate and was basically just trolls, and kid pranksters, and juvenile joking. This information fits in line with the peer reviewed WAM! report, which indicated that only 0.65% of the people on the GG blocklist were reported for harassment, as reported by TechRaptor.

According to the FBI, due to the lack of weight and actionable leads in the investigation they decided it wasn’t worth keeping the case open. They concluded…

“To date, all available investigative steps failed to identify any subjects or actionable leads. San Francisco USAO indicated the San Francisco office of USA will not be able to prosecute any threats against victims or subject that are not located in the San Francisco AOR.

 

“It is requested that this investigation be administratively closed due to lack of leads. There are no items of evidence maintained by the FBI for this investigation. There are no currently outstanding leads for this investigation.”

This applied to the investigation into the bomb threats at the SPJ Airplay event in Miami, Florida back in the middle of August in 2015, a bomb threat issued at PAX East, as well as the bomb threats targeting Anita Sarkeesian back in late 2014 in relation to the Utah speech she planned to give at the university. The same applied for the anonymous threats sent to Brianna Wu.

The overall theme of the threats seemed to indicate that there were a few trolls looking to get a rise out of people. One of the e-mail messages were signed by someone going by the name of “Glorious Winged Faggot Extraordinaire”, which gives you an idea of the kind of people who were sending the threats.

It’s unlikely this will be reported in mainstream media, but it goes to show that most of the major threats that authorities were contacted about in relation to #GamerGate involved trolls or anonymous individuals doing so for a few laughs.

(Main image courtesy of Scrumpmonkey)


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  • Mondaffe

    So … who will write this into the Wikipedia article?

    • You can’t. Hasn’t been covered by a reliable source.

      • ImperialFists

        the FBI is not reliable?

  • Reaper of Salt

    It’s gonna be an early Christmas this year. And I think I just kek’d my pants.

  • bob

    wow so the case has been going for two years and… nothing? But it’s only more proof that feminist love wasting everyone time and money(aka taxes).

    • Actually it lasted for about a year, and then they put a close to it because the FBI seemed to realize it was all a waste of time.

  • Cats736

    Ghazi must be super salty right now.

    • Cap’n Catpants

      Disappointed they’re not long dead like they should be. If lying, slander and propaganda were illegal, they’d all have gotten the death penalty by now.

    • lucben999

      They’re saying that the report proves the death threats are real, that the GGers interviewed by the FBI didn’t admit to be GGers and therefore are too pathetic to even stand for their convictions, that the FBI is incompetent and that the report has been altered by the “alt-right”.

      So they’re all over the place.

      • ImperialFists

        denial over denial

  • GodBowser

    So if the FBI have closed the case on Gamergate does that mean that if the con artist the whore or the nut job try to make anymore claims of harassment will they just be ignored

    • Everyone should ignore them. If any outlets try to push the narrative, link them to the FBI FOIA so everyone knows for sure that they’re literally just lying for hits.

    • Cap’n Catpants

      It’s interesting the FBI needs a year(?) to investigate GamerGate and find it innocent, but only 9 days to read 650,000 e-mails of blatant corruption and reach the same verdict.

      • Wade Dewell

        gamergate was a real investigation, clinton vestigation was fake.. george soros and his globalist friendfs would never let their murderous puppet killary cuntin get convicted

  • Brad Donald

    Something Awful at work it seems. remember SA is affiliated with AGG and ZQ.

    • Cap’n Catpants

      That explains a lot. A while back, some special snowflake piece of shit scumbag regressive SJW on there got offended that one of my joke mod videos “wasn’t immersive” in their opinion, so they summoned the Something Awful forums to flood the video with abuse and downvotes. “Boo hoo, I personally don’t like something, let’s bully it!”

      But somehow, we’re the “harassers”.

      The same media supporting the true harassers are ultra-selective in what they “report”, because they fail at their basic responsibility to get things out there, so the same video didn’t get any positive media coverage despite them giving coverage to similar videos. Just internet trolls/bullies spamming it with trash, which isn’t constructive at all.

  • Cap’n Catpants

    Mainstream media fearmongering and slandering should cost them. If only those assholes had to pay the bill for wasting everyone’s time.

    Did the FBI investigate the someone@twitter.com e-mail address that threatened Sarquasar? If they did that, maybe they would have noticed the piles and piles of kid rape on there.

    • ImperialFists

      I believe the candidate they were shilling for loosing the elections is a sufficient punishment for them for now

  • Watch the mainstream media stay completely silent about this.

    Can’t have anything that could clear GamerGate’s name can we?

    Gotta maintain dat victimhood for the likes of Zoe Quinn, Brianna Wu and Anita Sarkeesian.

    • Sevuz
      • It speaks volumes when I actually find that smiley less offensive than Brianna Wu’s face.

        • Laytonaster

          Well, it ain’t exactly hard to find anything less offensive than Wu’s mug.

        • Cap’n Catpants

          Honestly looked more stomachable as John Flynt.

      • Cap’n Catpants

        Wu just wants attention. I don’t think they actually care whether GamerGate are proven harassers or not. As long as they can direct the spotlight at themselves somehow, they will be happy.

        • Sevuz

          You never know with Wu xD

    • Joe R

      Of course the MSM will stay silent. Reporting it wouldn’t help ratings or page views.

    • ImperialFists

      does not matter
      their control is slipping

      we were victorious ever since the elections

    • NeoTechni

      The MSM accused the FBI of incompetence for not arresting anyone over it. They omitted the fact that the FBI said gamergate wasn’t related/wasn’t a threat.

  • lucben999

    The evidence continues mounting up that all the professional victims are completely full of shit and GamerGate dindu nuffin, but I doubt any of the shitbag journos making a big deal out of these threats for years will ever bother reporting on the how the FBI investigation turned out.

    • Phasmatis75

      Reminds me of the fake mass Satanic cult epidemic of the 70s and 80s. I wonder whom the media will latch onto next to vilify with bullshit.

  • Boom. Closed book. If the WAM report identifying 0.06% of pro-GG tweets as harassment didn’t convince people, this absolutely seals the deal, and confirms all GamerGate supporters’ suspicion ever since the event blew up.

    I do look forward to the reports about the bomb threats coming out, to find out who exactly issued them.

    • Mr.Towel

      Curiously, bomb threats have been made against pro-gamergate gatherings as well, I would not be surprised if the threats came from the same troll.

      • m0r1arty

        What Arthur “This Ends Tonight” Chu?

        Could be…could be!

        • Mr.Towel

          Definitely. All that hate from being friendzoned by all SJWettes despite his huge white-knight efforts has to build up and explode somewhere, even if its on top of SJWettes themselves.

        • Cap’n Catpants

          “Zoe Quinn is innocent! Zoe Quinn isn’t a bad person! Zoe Quinn is everything! Zoe Quinn is Zoe Quinn! Zoe Quinn! Zoe Quinn! Zoe Quinn!”

          It’s not even her real name.

      • Those are the main ones I was referring to, actually.

    • The Full Descartes

      the FBI doesn’t have jurisdiction over Pluto.

    • Phasmatis75

      Do you have a link to the WAM report? I’d genuinely like to add it to my arsenal.