A Hacktivist Demands the Mendocino Sheriff Respond to Accusations
“SPEAK NOW,” tweeted an account calling itself WikiLeaks at the Mendocino County Sheriff Wednesday. “Anonymous is listening.” The tweet linked to an article on the We Are Anonymous website. The article accuses the Northern Californian law enforcement agency of having “invaded and destroyed a medicinal marijuana venture the Pinoleville Pomo Nation had been building on their sovereign land.”
The article referenced a September 22 raid by the Mendocino Marijuana Eradication Team on the Tribe’s cannabis operation in Ukiah. (See article here.) The Tribe had announced their plans to grow cannabis following a Department of Justice memorandum a year ago that the Native Americans could grow or sell marijuana on their tribal lands.
After receiving several similar tweets today including one that proclaimed a “militia alert” because the Mendocino Sheriff “Attacks Native Americans,” the official Mendocino Sheriff’s Department Twitter account tweeted back, “Please call my office to make an appt to discuss your concerns.”
Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman told us that his department had nothing to fear from Anonymous. “There is nothing that concerns me we’ve done,” he said. “Usually Anonymous has information they want to get out. We welcome them getting out information….We let people know what we are doing so, hey, join the club.”
Allman said the Sheriff’s Office had received multiple tweets from Anonymous-type accounts over the course of the day. The two accounts we discovered both have small lists of followers unlike other well-known Anonymous and WikiLeaks accounts.
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