In a shocking news report, it was revealed by media website Gawker that Trayvon Martin’s email and social network accounts were allegedly hacked by a white supremacist. The site confirmed that the hacker’s motive was to portray the slain Florida teenager as a drug user who was responsible for his own killing.
Media website Gawker reported that a hacker using the pseudonym Klanklannon posted Trayvon Martin’s private Facebook messages to a message board 4chan Tuesday. The private posts were put up by the hacker on a series of slides that accused the 17-year-old of drug abuse. The posts, which have since been deleted, also contained lists of usernames and passwords.
One slide titled "Trayvon Martin Use Marijuana Habitually" showed a message between Martin and a friend about getting high. Another titled "Trayvon Martin was a Drug Dealer" featured Facebook messages and a photo of Martin posing "aggressively with a large amount of cash in his hand."
"I realize that some of this information might be to (sic) extreme to believe," Klanklannon wrote in the original 4chan thread obtained by Gawker. "That's why I offer you evidence. Here are my sources." He then revealed his sources as Martin's Gmail, Yahoo, MySpace and Twitter accounts.
"Where did all the liberals go?" Klanklannon said after posting his slides. "Did they run off because they can't handle the facts?"
Meanwhile, Gawker’s Adrian Chen revealed that a source stumbled upon Trayvon Martin’s personal posts put up by the hacker Tuesday night and was shocked.
“Our source panicked upon seeing that trolls had started using the account to send emails under Martin's name, and deleted the account. (An email sent to Martin's Gmail address bounced back today; Martin's Twitter account has also been deactivated),” wrote Chen.
Chen went on to say that although the hacker had accused Trayvon Martin of being a drug user among other things, the true content of accounts of the deceased was poignant as “the picture they paint is of a normal high school junior preparing for college.”
“A screenshot of Trayvon's Gmail inbox our source provided us is heartbreaking. Martin apparently used his Gmail account for his college search, and it's filled with emails about upcoming SAT tests and scholarship applications,” Chen noted.
"Klanklannon has proven nothing more than the depths to which the racist amateur detectives who have spent days obsessing over every aspect of Trayvon Martin's short life will sink in their horrible quest to vet a dead teenager," he added.
Trayvon Martin was shot dead in Sanford, Florida on February 26 by self-appointed neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. The killing brought a wave of protests against hate crime and racial profiling across the country.