Elder Patriot – James Dolan was the second member of the three-man team who created a secure system for whistleblowers to submit information to news outlets has reportedly committed suicide at the age of 36.
Co-creator Aaron Swartz reportedly committed suicide on January 11, 2013 at the age of 26 although he left no suicide note.
The third member of the development team Kevin Poulsen, is currently the editor of Wired.
The trio developed StrongBox that allowed organizations such as the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Associated Press, and dozens of others a highly secure communication between journalists and sources in possession of sensitive information or documents. It has evolved over the years into an invaluable tool for both reporters and whistleblowers.
Five years ago co-creator Aaron Swartz was found dead after he had accepted a plead deal from federal prosecutors. His death was ruled a suicide following what has been described as an overzealous investigation but only after the deal had been agreed to.
Swartz’s father believes the government was responsible for his son’s death because Aaron did not exhibit any of the signs of clinical depression that would lead to suicide.
Robert Mueller was the director of the FBI at the time. Mueller had a history of destroying innocent people because of what’s known as overly aggressive detective myopia while he was at the agency.
After Swartz’s death, Poulsen donated the SecureDrop project, as it was then known, to the Freedom of the Press Foundation.
Dolan was literally the only person still living who knew all the ins and outs of the system, how to install it, and where and how to improve it. When FPF contacted him to tap his expertise he immediately accepted their offer to come on board at an 80% pay cut. People so driven rarely commit suicide.
Whether the existence of SecureDrop was a problem for special counsel Mueller is not yet known but Dolan was committed to bringing transparency and accountability to government. Mueller has proven that his commitment was quite the opposite.
SecureDrop provided both whistleblowers and journalists with a much-needed tool to accomplish that.
What we do know is that Mueller is determined to end the Trump presidency in the interest of protecting members of the swamp.
It’s doubtful that anyone will investigate the veracity of Dolan’s suicide determination because the list of suspects would be a mile long.