During the bustle of the original Crash Override Network Skype chat leaks and Trello card dossiers making their way into the public limelight, most people focused on Ian Miles Cheong and Randi Lee Harper confirming that the chat logs maintained a level of authenticity about them. Well, two others also commented about the authenticity of the chat logs, including a Lars Flyger, who goes by the handle of Zennistrad on Twitter, and another member of the group named Peter Coffin.
In a recent updated editorial digest post from Deep Freeze owner Bone Golem (who informed me about the update), it was explained that multiple individuals confirmed the authenticity of the Crash Override Network leaks beyond former members Randi Lee Harper and Ian Miles Cheong.
Back on August 8th, 2016 Peter Coffin, another former member of the group, confirmed on Twitter that he was part of the group.
Also yes, I was in the Crash Override skype chat. No, I wasn't the leaker. I have some thoughts as to who that was, but honestly, who cares?
— Vampeter Coffin (@petercoffin) August 8, 2016
On August 27th, 2016, Coffin again confirms that he was involved with the Crash Override Network leaked chat logs.
Coffin wasn’t the only other member involved with the Crash Override Network leaks who talked about their authenticity. Lars Flyger, better known as Zennistrad on Twitter, also confirmed being part of the group on August 29th, 2016. He starts a long Twitter chain with the following remark.
The logs they're calling "Crash Override" were a Skype group I was invited to in 2014. CON was founded in 2015. Great detective work. /s
— Alola Form Emrakul (@Zennistrad) August 30, 2016
Technically, Crash Override Network was founded in 2014, according to the Trello card leaks. They didn’t go public until January, 2015.
Crash Override Network co-founder Alex Lifschitz made entries on the Trello cards back in December of 2014, as evidenced with the entry below.
However, it appears as if they didn’t fully start calling it “Crash Override” until January, 2015, as evidenced by the January 17th, 2015 Trello card entry that is headlined with “Crash Override Network”, as evidenced with the entry below, created by Peter Coffin.
Nevertheless, despite trying to say that the leaks didn’t involve Crash Override Network, Zennistrad proceeds in the Tweet chain to explain his participation in the group, writing…
“Since people will likely use this to attack me regardless, I may as well clarify that I was rarely a participant in the chatroom and was largely kept unaware of discussions because I seldom use Skype and usually leave it closed. The extent of my comments there were: a) Saying “Merry Christmas.” b) Talking about my frustrations with people who’d argued with me.”
“Anyway, that’s my statement on this. Some folks in this chat I’ve since grown to despise (cough *Randi Harper* cough)…and I honestly cannot say that I care about attacking GamerGate anymore, despite my disagreements. My politics have moved beyond that.”
What Zennistrad states is true, insofar of his limited participation in the group. In the main Skype chat leaks he does mention “Merry Christmas”.
He doesn’t appear to have made any entries on the Trello cards, though. However, as evidenced by the time stamps, Zennistrad’s comments were made on December 26th, 2014 after Lifschitz had already begun filling out the Trello cards, which began on December 20th, 2014. So technically Zennistrad was part of Crash Override Network.
This information stands in stark contrast to some of the claims made by Wikipedia editors who have filibustered the Crash Override Network page on account of the logs being edited or lacking in authenticity and that they were damaging to the biographies of living persons. PeterTheForth, who has been known to engage with anti-GamerGate communities, wrote the following on the Crash Override Network Wikipedia talk page on September 25th, 2016…
“Randi Harper has stated that the logs have been edited, which means that somebody has denied it. Secondly, things are not true or worthy of inclusion simply because they have yet to be denied- often, it is because the rumour is so far fetched that people either do not hear about it, or do not feel the need to respond.”
In this case, even though she claimed that the logs were edited in some way, we still have Randi Lee Harper at least confirming that she was a part of the chat logs, Ian Miles Cheong confirmed the authenticity of the chat logs, Peter Coffin confirming that he, too, was part of the chat logs (and also made entries on the Trello board), and Lars Flyger (aka Zennistrad) also confirmed that he was part of the chat logs, if only briefly.
The Wikipedia editors have tried hard to avoid including any information about the chat leaks involving Crash Override Network’s involvement with doxing and harassment – which has been reported by Heat Street and Washington Examiner – in the Wikipedia entry for Crash Override Network, but the facts seem to be heavily stacked against them.