E-Mail From Andy Yaco-Mink
I just received an e-mail from Huffington Post technology manager Andy Yaco-Mink. I assume the mail is from him until someone tells me it is a forgery.
In his mail he writes:
Today I was alerted to the existence of rostpost.blogspot.com. Please know, I did not create this site and was not aware of its existence until earlier today.
Meanwhile, the Rost Post blog that had used my name and image was taken down this afternoon. That would have been real speedy if Google did this, and perhaps more likely is that the person who created the Rost Post blog deleted it after learning what he'd gotten himself into.
I don't know what to think at this point.
This whole thing started out with a tongue-in-cheek blog about a heckler, calling himself yacomink, and whom he could possibly be. I thought it was kind of interesting and funny. It ended with me being right about who he was, me being fired from Huffington Post, Huffington Post admitting Andy Yaco-Mink was the person who had written nasty comments on my blog postings, and Huffington Post then issuing a new policy that employees could not comment on blog posts and removing the "Readers' favorite comment" section.
And now this.
Let me emphasize again, which I already did several times in my blog Identity Theft of "Peter Rost" Image and Name, the fact that the name "yacomink" was in the site meter does not prove that Andy Yaco-Mink was behind the blog.
It sure looks like it, to any independent observer, especially since the site meter was deleted, but that is not proof.
And, Andy denies this was the case.
If true, then someone is now impersonating Andy Yaco-Mink in a most sophisticated way, even taking a chance on deleting the trace that was put out there, since the blog was republished without the site meter.
If true that Yaco-Mink was not behind this, it means that Andy and the Huffington Post may want to contact Google/Blogger and Sitemeter, to find out who has abused Andy's name in order to steal my name and to literally frame Andy Yaco-Mink.
I don't know what the truth is.
I only know the facts I wrote about in my blog Identity Theft of "Peter Rost" Image and Name.
And this isn't funny anymore. Being kicked out of HuffPo, without having done anything wrong, actually having been completely right, which HuffPo's actions verified, and with Arianna spreading false info wasn't funny.
This is even less funny. But I'm happy the Rost Post blog is gone. Then again, I doubt this is the end of the story.
If my website suddenly "disappears" or something else weird happens, go to PharmaGossip. I'll let the Jack Friday, aka the Insider know if a denial-of-service attack puts this site out of commission.
I'd certainly expect anything at this point. The tech gods don't like me right now.
Tomorrow is 4th of July.
See you back here on July 5.