December 12, 2014

Channel 4 Doxes @ShamiWitness (Bumped/Updated) : Mehdi Masroor Biswas On The Run/Hiding in Mommy's Basement/ Busted!)

Fro those of you who don't know, ShamiWitness is a total asshole ISIS supporter who claimed on twitter to be in Syria aka Sham. He liked to talk shit about how brave he was.

Um yeah.

The most influential pro-Islamic State Twitter account to be followed by foreign jihadis - Shami Witness - is shut down after a Channel 4 News investigation uncovers the identity of the man behind it


He spent his mornings, afternoons and evenings sending thousands of tweets of propaganda about the Islamic State militant group, acting as the leading conduit of information between jihadis, supporters, and recruits.

His tweets, written under the name Shami Witness, were seen two million times each month, making him perhaps the most influential Islamic State Twitter account, with over 17,700 followers.

He has until now been able to remain anonymous, avoiding questions about his motives and his central role in the Islamic State's propaganda war, but a Channel 4 News investigation can today reveal that the man operating the account is called Mehdi and he is an executive in Bangalore working for an Indian conglomerate.

You lose Shami!

Update: They are dropping like flies!

Update ShamiWitness unmasked.

Mehdi Masroor Biswas


Update: It appears Mehdi has skipped town.

BENGALURU: Senior Bengaluru police officials said that a search is on for the man who is suspected to have operated ISIS's most successful Twitter account, @ShamiWitnes.

The officials, speaking to TOI on condition of anonymity, said that the man may have fled the city. They added that the cyber cell, however, is still trying to get leads on him.

Bengaluru city commissioner MN Reddi on Friday said that the task of investigation has been given to the central crime branch.

The man, who was identified as Mehdi, works with a multinational advertisement firm in the city and lives with his family here.

More here at Mashable:Using the @ShamiWitness account, Mehdi tweeted the video of the execution of US aid worker Peter Kassig five times. While on his private Facebook page, Mehdi regularly posted pictures of pizza dinners with friends, and Hawaiian parties at work.

One of his Twitter followers was a 23-year-old British man named Iftikhar Jaman from Portsmouth who went to Syria to fight for ISIS. Jaman was killed while fighting in Syria in December last year. Afterward Mehdi tweeted about Jaman that: "you bros talked the talk, walked the walk."

The Washington Post has reported that ISIS draws 1,000 new foreign fighters into its rank every month from more than 80 countries.

According to some jihadi experts, two-thirds of foreign fighters for ISIS who are active on Twitter followed @ShamiWitness.And the Times of India.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had prior information that a man from Bengaluru was running the ISIS Twitter handle and was in the process of getting more details.

Arib Majeed, an ISIS recruit from Kalyan who was deported from Turkey, had told NIA about the Twitter handle during interrogation.

Arib had also told NIA that he had heard the Twitter handle was being run by a man from Bengaluru.

During investigation, NIA stumbled upon an identity, Mehdi Mehboob Biswas, who was purportedly running the handle.

Time Magazine...tsk tsk tsk. He's being Probed LOL.

China..... its like no where is safe, I mean you think the Turks are going to pass up the chance to probe Mr. Shami?


But some analysts stressed that the account was also followed by Middle East experts and intelligence agencies, which could gain precious insight into the Islamic State propaganda machine:

That's total, but well intentioned (says Howie as he looks down his nose) , BS! Everything there is to learn about Shami has been learned already. I can assure you. His demise is a great blow to ISIS online network. Its strikes fear into the hearts of the ISIS supporters, it disrupts them.

Intel is useless if its not acted upon, morons like @dr_davidson, proponents of the watch and gather only policy adhere to a losing strategy as demonstrated by ISIS ability to recruit with impunity. One only need to log on to twitter to see the size of its failure. And today one only need to logon to see the success of the disruption of the ShamiWitness node.

These non-English/Western language campaigns for IS, which have generally continued unabated, unsurprisingly attract less attention because the media focus on social media is on recruitment of Westerners. Overlooking the Arabic side of IS’ foreign fighters recruitment base and contingents risks missing out on a big part of the story of IS’ growth.

Ultimately, the fundamental problem we face is that there is simply too much IS material being disseminated too rapidly for Twitter and social media to catch up to crack down comprehensively, for all the ‘degradation’ of IS’ official capacity to propagate on Twitter. This would seem to be the price of the world of open access social media. Hopefully, the Muslim world within in particular can develop counter-narratives.

I would argue that one of the reasons we have such an issue is a failure to disrupt that has let the problem fester, at one level on the internet. Then you have the cell phone networks in the Middle East which has taken the place of much of the old Jihadist Internet of which the Twitter Jihad reflects at it uniquely straddles both the internet and cell phone networks.

Update: Channel 4 reports they are still talking to Mehdi and he is hiding in his Mommy's basement and vowing to surrender peacefully.

He told Channel 4 News today that he feared police would kill him and that he did not keep guns in his home in a bid for his safety.
Mehdi: I have a suspicion when that the police, when they come to arrest to me, they might try to kill me then they would say I tried to attack them.

I want to state clearly that I won't resist arrest when the time comes. I don't have any sort of weapons with me. I have no intention of resisting.

Simon Israel: Why do you think they might come to arrest you?

M: They are saying in the media there's an actual manhunt right now. They might take more than 24 hours.

SI: But do you think you have done anything wrong?

M: No I haven't done anything wrong. I haven't harmed anybody, I haven't broken any laws of the country. I haven't raised any war or any violence against the public of India. So no.

Nothing wrong? Except that Mehdi facilitated murder and the rape and destruction of two nations and cheered on ISIS as it committed genocide against the Yazidis, Kurds and Shia.

Nope nothing wrong with that, if you look at the world with ISIS colored glasses, Islam commands Muslims to the rape and destruction of Muslim lands.

The fallout continues...

Update 12/13/14: Its over, Shami is in the slammi.

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