The spy who shagged my wireless connection

The following clip features Bell Sympatico’s internet security representative giving his testimony about the owner of the Bell account assigned to the IP address which last accessed Stormfront on December 8, 2006 at 3:29pm EST.  The IP address in question was linked to Dean Stacey’s login moniker on Stormfront, “jadewarr”.

In the clip, I removed some of the personal information of Ms. Nellie Hechme (address and phone number) as it is not consequential to the matter at hand.  When the identification of the mystery woman was first released, I thought it was likely a Commission investigator or, perhaps, a spouse thereof.  There was little chance it was an error on the part of Bell.  After all, companies usually ensure that they check the information carefully before divulging this sort of information to a court or legal tribunal because of the breach of privacy involved.  I suspect that the Bell employee who gave his testimony didn’t really understand that he was not involved with a real court and a real judge, but I guess the look of it all made it feel like it.  (As an aside, I must say that, despite this messy business,  I quite liked the tribunal judge, Athanasios Hadjis, I thought he did a decent job.)

So, getting back to the issue at hand, Ms. Hechme had to be connected somehow to the Commission – either as an investigator or as a spouse of the investigator or something that would justify how an investigator’s account was being used by this particular IP address.  But as Steacy later testified, he did not know Ms. Hechme at all. He never heard of her. And, in fact, that’s what was confirmed in the National Post’s coverage of the hearing:

Reached by phone last night, Ms. Hechme, 26, told the National Post she has no connection to the tribunal, has never known any of the investigators, and has never accessed a Web site as Jadewarr. She said that in the relevant period in 2006 she did have a Bell Sympatico account with a wireless connection that was not password controlled, meaning anyone within range of her apartment could have accessed the Internet with it. She does, however, have a link to Bell Canada. She has been employed there, though not in the Internet division, since before 2006. She had never heard of this Jadewarr issue before, and was disturbed that her name had been publicly disclosed, by her employer no less, without so much as a heads-up.  (Source)

 Since this IP address in question was not owned by the Commission but by Ms. Hechme, the logical question arises as to how “jadewarr” was being linked to Ms. Hechme’s account when she had nothing to do with the Commission or the investigation.  One possibility is that there were other people who knew the userid and password of “jadewarr”.  And that’s exactly what Dean Stacey admitted later on in his testimony.  The Commission’s very own “Jade Warrior” – a character in one of Steacy’s favourite novels – admitted that there was not just one “Jade Warrior” but 3 other Jade Warriors doing battle under the Star Chamber banner!  In other words, three other investigators had access to the email and Stormfront accounts.  I guess they figured they needed an army of Jade Warriors to patrol the beat at Stormfront.

Anyhow, the only way, therefore, that “jadewarr” could have logged in at Stormfront on December 8, 2006 at 3:29pm using Ms. Hechme’s wireless connection is if the perpetrator in question entered her apartment building and accessed the wireless network which was servicing Ms. Hechme.  It would have been rather easy to do since, as Ms. Hechme admits above, the network was not password protected.

It is obvious that this perpetrator did not want to be traced back through an IP address and then to a physical location where he or she would be identified.  Now the question is this:  if you were a Commission employee or investigator on this case, whether you were one of the four investigators using the jadewarr account or the countless others that might exist (who knows?), why would you seek to cover up something you needed to engage in to do your job (however objectionable we in the public consider it to be)?  Dean Stacey seems to be rather proud of his little moniker on Stormfront as he engages his victims.  So why would it have been necessary to leave the comfortable surroundings of a Canadian Human Rights office and a cushy chair, travel down the streets of Ottawa (presumably with a laptop) and rip off some wireless connection in an apartment building to logon as “jadewarr”?  Does that make any sense? 

No it does not. 

If it was a Commission employee logging in from home, we would have been able to trace it back to him or her. No problem. But coincidentally, we find a trace to a person who is completely unassociated with this case.   The more likely possibility, of course, is that the poster in question was not a Commission employee but a member of the public who saw an opportunity to use the free and safe wireless connection and logon as “jadewarr”.  The perpetrator gets what he wants, while letting an innocent bystander deal with the fallout. She is now the most famous person in the Canadian blogosphere for being the victim of either CHRC incompetence or collusion – incompetence for having a grossly negligent policy on leaking Commission “warrior” accounts to the public or, even worse, collusion for supplying this information to interested parties who have a stake in the Lemire case.

If the login to Stormfront’s site on December 8, 2006 was not made by a Commission employee, then we have to ask ourselves who, as a member of the public, has a vested interest in this case?  It would be easy for the Commission to find out if the any of the other warriors were in that apartment building on the date and time.  If they weren’t there, then how can the CHRC claim any credibility in conducting their investigation of Stormfront when a member of the public is using that account on their behalf? Or, alternatively, perhaps the Commission does not know how many “jade warriors” it has on the payroll, and these warriors doing this kind of investigation “on the side”.

When you add to all of this the Commission’s unwillingness to devulge the IP information of “jadewarr” on that day by desperately invoking a bogus defense, what reasonable person would not conclude that this smells like a coverup of significant proportions?

 UPDATE: A quick mapquest shows that from the CHRC offices to Nelly Hechme’s house is about a block or more. An EASY distance for a wireless signal to travel.  Especially over an open field…

The onion begins to unravel.


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