Recently, it came to my attention that an email that got shared with me on Feb. 22, 2013 may be a fake. The email, dated Feb. 20th, was sent to me by Sundance and two other people were copied as well. No attempt to get my agreement to keep its contents private was initiated before sending it to me. In addition to shining light on this email, Sundance also shared the email addresses of two other contributors at the treehouse and they got access to my address.
This action caused me to question Sundance’s judgement. Of all the contributors on the site, why would he choose to share a sensitive email with me who had just reminded the blog, I had mistakenly made another email, sent by the defense, public.
This action told me that Sundance was careless with people’s information who take him into their confidence. Sundance told me in August, he did have the sender’s permission to share it but he didn’t reveal that to me in February and the sender writes to him, “please keep this private”. What was I to think? Even emailing the treehouse, at least 8 people have access to the information and then whoever they decide to share it with reads it and email addresses could inadvertently be shared, as happened in this case.
With the stakes being so high to George Zimmerman, I worried about those close to George, sharing information with the treehouse and how this might negatively affect him.
Sundance did take care to redact the sender’s identity in the email. So I have no idea who the sender is. Given the information that could be read, I suspected the email was from Ken/Scott – George Zimmerman’s brother-in-law who helped him set up his donation site. The writer refers to Robert Sr. as “dad”.
I was banned from posting at the treehouse the day after I got this email (for a post unrelated) so I couldn’t post my worries there and even if I could I’m not sure they would have allowed my concerns to be posted. I did post a warning about emails being shared at the treehouse on facebook and I emailed the defense to make sure they saw it so George and the team could alert family and friends to what could happen.
Sundance brought up that email here in August 2013 and suggested that Ken was mad at me for posting some of its contents. Two things jumped out at me. As I’ve said, back in February I suspected Ken wrote it and learning from Sundance in August that Ken was mad at me about the email seemed to confirm to me he did indeed write it. Second, I hadn’t posted its contents anywhere so I chalked it up to Ken and Sundance being wrong on that. Sundance says he can’t remember the contents of the email anymore so he couldn’t tell me what I was suspected to have shared.
When I receive a private email that says don’t discuss this or share this, it’s only for your information so you can influence the other readers, I’m immediately thinking this is garbage to me.
If I can’t vet the sender and test its authenticity, it’s essentially worthless. I read what it said, seen lots of questions that I couldn’t get answers to and largely ignored it except the worry of the fact it got shared at all without even first getting my commitment to keep it to myself. It was a very bad judgement call on Sundance’s part, imo.
Now we have learned that Ken posts on the blogs as letsbefairtogz and he, in reading the conversation between Sundance and I wondered, as I’m sure every family member who sent an email to the treehouse wondered, was it my email that got shared?
I’m told someone else who got copied on this email, sent the email to Ken so he could view it. Ken posted on our blog, he is not the author after all. In fact, he’s certain no member of the family wrote it. How is that possible when the writer refers to Robert Sr. as “dad”?
That got me to thinking, if the email is a total fake. If this wasn’t written by a family member, it likely is a fake. I make no judgements on who the author really is. Could be Sundance drafted it up, could be a nutcase wrote it and sent it to the treehouse, could be it is from a family member who doesn’t want to admit they wrote it. Could be a close friend of George’s wrote it. Too many unknowns.
So just knowing that about the email, how much weight or value do YOU give the contents? I say very little. Near as I can tell, Sundance gave it a lot of weight and again I question that judgement.
It occurred to me that others besides Ken might be wondering if it was their email that got shared. So yesterday before leaving for a sick leave hiatus for a few days, I posted something about its content. If you didn’t have that content in your emails to the treehouse, you can rest assured it wasn’t your email that got shared.
Did Sundance get tricked into thinking he was communicating with Ken? Have I been tricked into thinking I’m communicating with Ken? Who wrote that email and is it authentic?
Here is a screen-shot from the actual email giving information that may help us answer these questions.
The redaction was made by Sundance before forwarding. Did the defense ask the friends and family to sign something forbidding them from talking about George ever? Clearly, Sundance thought so.
It appears to me that whoever wrote this email, continued to fill Sundance’s head. About a month later, Sundance posted yet another rant thread on Mark O’Mara being controlling and silencing the family. He states though, his information is first-hand, not second-hand information. But as you will see, his first-hand source (Robert Sr) tries telling him he’s got it wrong. It is this post where he labelled the Zimmerman family “comfortably clueless”
He goes on to say those who won’t accept his opinion of O’Mara as fact are just too afraid to face the truth.
This is so over-the-top and out of line with the reality that the Zimmerman family is aware of both Shellie and George had a parent actually post one of their few online posts. Rebelious Angel is Mikki Dean (Shellie’s Mom) and she responds to one commenter G8rmom7 who totally agrees with Sundance’s post that the family don’t want to save themselves. Mikki’s reponse is here
Robert Sr. felt compelled to respond as well on the same thread in one of his very rare online moments:
Read entire comment here:
Sundance has the audacity to tell Mr. Zimmerman no, Mark O’Mara silenced you
Mr. Zimmerman tries to tell Sundance that is just not accurate.
Read full post here: http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2013/03/25/moving-forward-on-the-zimmerman-case-research-understanding-objectivity/#comment-354921
When Sundance hears this, he thinks Mr. Zimmerman is a fake.
Read entire comment here: http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2013/03/25/moving-forward-on-the-zimmerman-case-research-understanding-objectivity/#comment-354934
You can read down the rest of the conversation yourself. But suffice to say, Mr. Zimmerman agreed that while they were asked not to talk publicly about the case, they were under no obligation to do so. If they did choose to speak out, they did so at their own risk to themselves and George.
It could be that an imposter has been filling Sundance’s head with a bunch of garbage given the feedback I’m receiving from the Zimmerman family about this leaked email. Is it even legal to hold anyone under contract to never post about a situation on a blog? It could be that someone wanted to tell Sundance what he wanted to hear or perhaps Sundance drafted it up from what he believed his independent research was telling him. The family has had a chance to see the email and deny any of them wrote it. One member defined it as a crazy rant.
Regardless, this is one very good example why Sundance should not have let the emailer fill his head with information that was to be acted upon on the threads but due to the emailer wanting to stay private, could not be properly vetted.
One thing of import to note, not one family member emailed me freaked out about what got shared. Not in February and not in August. Ken did ask about it online when he saw his name mention in relation to it. Near as I can tell Ken and Sundance’s emails likely were about the Osterman book back in August 2012. The defense never asked me who was talking, just simply said thanks for getting the heads up on facebook. This tells me they all were supporting George, just like they were ASKED to do. Very good on all of them.