How Alex Jones and Some Bad Cyber Hygiene Could Rewrite History

You could see from the look on his face that conspiracy theorist Alex Jones knew he was in trouble.

“Your attorneys messed up,” Mark Bankston informed a stunned-looking Alex Jones. They had sent a digital copy of every text message Jones had sent. Bankston represents the parents of one of the twenty children killed in the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Since 1999, Alex Jones has used InfoWars to transform a host of outlandish claims into a multi-million dollar media business. Key among those conspiracy theories, Jones’s insistence that the attacks of September 11, 2001 on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were a “false flag operation”  and that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a hoax created by the United States government to grease the skids for gun control legislation. 

The text messages that Jones’s attorneys accidentally sent to the opposing side prove that Jones knew the shooting was real, and that he knowingly misled his audience about the 2012 murder of 20 children and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School. 

The phone also apparently contained information about his role in the Jan. 6th attack on democracy, which means the lawyerly fumble that cost him over $4 million so far, may finally cost him significantly more. 

Setting aside the courtroom drama and the schadenfreude of seeing a deeply unpleasant man finally facing consequences for fanning the flames of culture war, the compromise of Jones’s phone data highlights another scourge in America:

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