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Open Letter to the Benoit Wikipedia Hacker

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Dear Matthew Greenberg:

The Stamford police interrogation of you on June 29, 2007, fails to answer the central questions surrounding your edit of Chris Benoit’s entry at Wikipedia four days earlier, in which you told the world that his wife Nancy was dead, 14 hours before their bodies, and that of their son Daniel, were found. Nor does the subsequent forensic exam of your computer by a Darien detective, on behalf of Stamford PD, answer those questions.

So perhaps you can take this opportunity to answer them directly and end the legitimate speculation over a possible association between your Wikipedia post and the 30-hour gap following Benoit’s final text messages to Chavo Guerrero and Scott Armstrong. (You logged in at Wiki 14-16 hours after those messages.)

In the early morning of June 29, you confessed anonymously at Wikinews. Later that day you were interviewed by the police. You said you were “about” to call them on your own.

Asked by Detective Dolan to name the online discussion boards where you had read rumors about Nancy, you said, “I forget the exact, like, sites.” This was four and a half days later. You were a big fan. The media were covering the story extensively. I am not sure I believe that you could not remember the sites.

Asked by the detective if you posted to Wikipedia often, you said, “No, not really.” Yet at Wikinews you had written, “I’d like to apologize for my other wiki ‘updates’ on other pages as they were immature and dumb …”

You told Detective Dolan, “I have, like, no connection whatsoever to WWE.”

First of all, who asked you? The detective certainly didn’t.

But now I’m asking you. Will you agree to a real interview in which you are asked intelligent follow-up questions about your assertion that you had no connection whatsoever to WWE?

One of those questions would concern Chavo Guerrero. It seems that one of your Wikipedia edits, to the Chavo Guerrero page, wasn’t as “immature and dumb” as the others, some of which had added racial and sexual slurs. Your Guerrero post deleted ugly ethnic references.

As you know, I tried contacting you numerous times prior to the release of the video. I renew my request to talk to you. I look forward to your response.

Irv Muchnick

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