In keeping with O’Keefe, days earlier than the flooding from Hurricane Ida destroyed the Challenge Veritas headquarters, “hackers” have been capable of run a comparatively sophisticated-sounding rip-off on the group. The scammers used electronic mail to impersonate a number of of the group’s many legal professionals. (Challenge Veritas is ceaselessly in court docket suing somebody or being sued for his or her fraudulent claims, like massive election fraud claims that were later proven to be 100% lies.*) Whereas impersonating the legal professionals and replying inside an electronic mail thread between Veritas and their actual legal professionals, they have been capable of get the right-wing video firm to wire $165,614.03 in authorized charges to not-their-lawyers’ financial institution account.
The group claims that this is only one of some cyberattacks. O’Keefe, who has claimed every kind of issues that turned out to be completely false, claims that one of many assaults prior to now has been for teams to “donate $50,000 however then requested for a refund which incurs a payment to us they usually’ve executed this repeatedly in an try and apparently harm us.” Heh. That’s tousled. It’s not as tousled as paying a woman to pretend she was impregnated by a politician when she was a teenager and then made to get an abortion, but it surely’s tousled nonetheless.
Is that this all true? I don’t know. The truth is, with Challenge Veritas’ historical past of mendacity and deceptive individuals, it’s onerous to know. Would O’Keefe—a person who was given a made-up award by Supreme Court docket Justice Clarence Thomas’ terrible-person wife, Virginia, in a Trump hotel—lie?
Most just lately Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, a person recognized for having actual issues with the reality as an idea, tried to make use of a few of Challenge Veritas’ video work to say everything being reported about him was a conspiracy. It was Gaetz’s play to deflect accusations of intercourse trafficking and usually disreputable habits. Challenge Veritas’ total historical past is the underside of the barrel. Possibly O’Keefe is simply engaged on getting some extra of that commie PPP money he’s been living off of the past year? (Disclosure: Kos Media received a Paycheck Protection Program loan.)