[Update: About a month after this post was published, shortly after The Nation covered Rachinger’s account of being offered money to hack this blog, allegations were made about Rachinger’s past behaviour. We’re not going to give the sordid story any oxygen here, but if true Rachinger’s behaviour was appalling and inexcusable. This new context should be kept in mind if you are reading this old post.]
Arguably therefore this is an exceptionally fine piece of undercover investigative journalism into a matter of national significance.
In his most recent post Ben has asked for help:
… I am completely broke. Homeless. Living moment to moment. Being threatened by the State and by ‘unknown’ assailants. I fear for my very existence. I have nothing left to give but multiple angles for getting to story out.
I’m working with big names in MSM to bring this story to light. They have been able to check the facts that I was an informant and that I attempted to lay a complaint against Mr Slater for Conspiracy to Hack.
I need help. I’m ashamed to ask for it but I’ve been encouraged to do so. I need time to write my story in long-form and get it out to you, the public. If you can assist me financially to do so…
You will be doing good work. I’ve been unbalanced in my story and interactions because bringing this to light has cost me everything. I’ve suffered greatly from being disbelieved but I want one more shot to make this stick.
My PayPal address — email@example.com
My ASB bank account — 12–3216–0294208–00
I CAN and WILL finish this story. It may have huge impacts on the political scene. At the very least… We will have more information about our situation.
I apologise to those I have offended. I wish only good things for the future. …
Authors at The Standard have had no contact with Ben (though we have had independent confirmation of some details). We have no idea what to expect. Over to individuals what to make of Ben’s request.
(Update: Note that your identity / account details will be visible to Ben if making a donation via PayPal or his bank account.)