by Kyle Swenson
You'll remember that an email purportedly from Juris' account was sent to the Lakewood Observer threatening to use the power of his office to get publisher Jim O'Bryan outta there. Juris claimed he never sent it, that this was all one of those famous hacking incidents that Paris Hilton and others are so familiar with.
Well, the police investigated, and the email didn't originate from Juris. It was sent via a spoof server that allows folks to send messages that look like they're from other people. (Why didn't Rep. Weiner think of that?)
Juris is happy to be vindicated, but he's still waiting for some apologies.
“Overall, it seemed like a plotline from ‘Mean Girls,’ not behavior of adults who are supposed to be credible members of our community,” he said.
Juris said he will be “waiting patiently” for an apology from those involved.
Wait, that wasn't part of Mean Girls. And is Juris Tina Fey in this scenario? — Grzegorek
Usually it's athletes and celebrities who truck out the old “my-email-got-hacked” routine whenever an unflattering dong shot starts making the rounds online.
What me? I'd never send that to a 17-year-old girl I met at pop-up rave in the basement of the pho restaurant. Those were personal. I was modeling sunscreen. I'm a family values guy. Now, we're not talking full Weiner here, but over in Lakewood a scandal has gripped up city hall and one party involved has reached for the same defense — it wasn't him, it was some hacker chicanery.
Patch sketches the details: in the past Lakewood councilman Shawn Juris had taken issue with the coverage in the Lakewood Observer; his ire seems settled particularly on Jim O’Bryan, the community pub's publisher. In an email sent from Juris' account dated June 21 (screen grab below) to a member of the Observer's board, the councilman (or some misfit playacting as the pol) came out strong.
On Monday morning, the Observer posted the email on their message board. Comments quickly started rolling in from readers upset over what they saw as Juris' threat to use the blunt edge of his political office against the press outlet.
But around 2 p.m., Juris himself (or some misfit playacting as the pol?) posted on the board, claiming he'd never sent the email. The missive was due to a “manipulation” of his account.
Juris appears to be completely serious. Patch says he filed a police report this week about the possible hack. Right now police are still looking into the claims. Could Juris have possibly ruffled the wrong feathers in his political career, and now Big Business is coming after him with character assassination? Is there a rogue element of hackers in town with an evil plan that consists of studying the minor clashes of suburbanites, hacking their accounts, and sending detail-specific emails to people they happen to have issues with already, therefore making a denial all the more implausible? Or is Juris like that guy in high school who calls his girlfriend's cell 21 times in a row after she fails to pick up on the first try, realizes he's being creepy, then sends a text saying “Hey srry didn't mean to call so many times, I was playing basketball with my phone in my jeans, accidentally kept pocket dialing, my bad.”
Stay tuned for more updates, dear listeners.