So the Herald runs a story about yet another majorly ridiculous records request, inferring that an open gov advocate “must’ve sent it”
This was going to be the straw that broke the county camel’s back to try to destroy the public records act, just another way to show how it was being “abused” yet it is county employees who make the bulk of the most ridiculous requests, anonymously. So let’s see how effective it is now in Olympia
As for the Herald: To publish PR for county actors instead of investigating the whole story is irresponsible at best, as one of their reporters loves to say to me: Fact Check!
Well while I’ve been working on the story about Lobsang Dargey seems the Gold Bar Reporter was sniffing out the PRA monsters under the bed. Click on the link for the full story…
August 26, 2015 by goldbarreporter
Last week Noah Haglund and Jerry Cornfield posted an article without fact checking prior to publishing. The title of the story was “Anonymous records request seeks data from 1,000 county phones.” See http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20150823/NEWS01/150829711
So after seeing the Daily Herald’s article on Sunday, I couldn’t resist seeing who Noah Haglund and Jerry Cornfield Requester was, so I sent a public records request for a copy of Mr. Public Records Requesters Public Records Request with metadata.
IT ONLY TOOK GOLDBAR REPORTERS 3 DAYS TO UNCOVER WHAT THE DAILY HERALD DID NOT
From: Snohomish County Public Records [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 2:49 PM To: email@example.com Subject: Public Records Request :: K002245-082415
— Please respond above this line —
We have received the information back from WebQA that you requested. The IP Address for all three requests received on June 18, 2015 from Mr. Public Requestor is 126.96.36.199.
This request is now closed.
If you have any further questions please contact me.
Public DisclosureAdministrative Assistant
Snohomish County InformationServices
3000 Rockefeller Ave MS 709
Everett, WA 98201
NOTICE: All emails, and attachments, sent to and from Snohomish County are public records and may be subject to disclosure pursuant to the Public Records Act (RCW 42.56)
For those of you have no idea what an IP Address is see: http://whatismyipaddress.com/ip-lookup, and type in Mr. Public Requester Records Requester’s IP Address as Ms. Lawrie stated above, 188.8.131.52.
You can see that it’s linked directly to Snohomish County government.
General IP Information
ISP: Snohomish County Government
Organization: Whidbey Internet Services
Services: None detected
Assignment: Static IP
Perhaps the Snohomish County Daily Herald will do a little investigation prior to reporting that the requester is anonymous. It’s very tiring to be only one of two real journalist in Snohomish County.
Sounds like false certification by public officer to us. We’re going to keep working on getting the name of the cockroach was is trying to change open government laws using our resources from inside Snohomish County government.
Once we have their name/s, we’re going to post. That’s a promise!