Let’s begin by going back to the Sun non-story that prompted this initial post:
The Sun – Islamic fanatics name Alan Sugar, Mark Ronson and Lord Levy in a hit list of Britain’s leading Jews: British anti-terror expert Glen Jenvey is convinced online forum Ummah is being used to prepare a deadly backlash against UK Jews. His warning came as Europe was hit by anti-Semitic attacks over Israel’s push into the Gaza Strip…. Mr Jenvey, 43, said: “The Ummah website has been used by extremists. “Those listed should treat it very seriously. Expect a hate campaign and intimidation by 20 or 30 thugs.”
It would now appear that this entire non-story actually began with Glen Jenvey feeding an unknown quantity of information to the Sun ‘news’ paper. Glen Jenvey bills himself in this bio as a ‘freelance terror investigator’, is described in this article as a ‘freelance intelligence agent’, and is described in his Wikipedia entry (that he regularly edits himself) as a former spy who now “uses the internet to infiltrate terrorist organisations.”
Search for his name in Google News and poke around ‘all years’, and you’ll see his name attached to quite a few terror-alert stories, with highlights including this one, which has a lovely Christmas theme throughout, and this ‘New Year’ warning in the Sun that is very recent indeed.
I would go into more detail (there is lots!) but for now, all you need is this and possibly the knowledge that some of Glen’s past exploits have – according to reports from his supporters – resulted in warnings and “threats of arrest” from the authorities.
Now, the Sun have in this article based their claim of militant Muslims targeting “Britain’s leading Jews” on comments made by ‘abuislam’, specifically in this passage:
“Abuislam” asks: “Have we got a list of top Jews we can target? Can someone post names and addresses?”
Though the Sun suggests otherwise, the only forum contributor pushing for anything other than a polite letter-writing campaign (details here) is posting under the name ‘abuislam’…. and I’m looking at evidence right now that strongly indicates that Glen Jenvey and ‘abislam’ are one and the same person.
In other words, he has created the very ‘militant’ content that the Sun has based their story on.
Further, in his quote he warns those listed to take the threat very seriously and to “expect a hate campaign and intimidation by 20 or 30 thugs”… when he was the one who listed them, and was the only person talking about doing anything other than writing letters!
And, even if (BIG ‘if’) this was done in error somehow, Glen Jenvey hasn’t done anything I can see to correct it.
Here’s the detail:
A forum administrator at Ummah.com announced today that the ‘abuislam’ account was created by the same person who created an earlier account in the name of ‘Richard Tims’. They have documented proof of this in their back end.
The ‘Richard Tims’ account was used only to plug the website previously hosted at sellyourstory.org
The publication of this link appears to have been part of a July/August 2008 campaign by that site’s owner to improve the site’s performance in Google).
Two of the places used to generate inbound links just happen to be two sites that Glen Jenvey shares a bit of history with; Ummah.com (“Islamic stories wanted by the media world wide why not sell your story for cash http://www.sellyourstory.org”) and Lionheart (“Any hot news on islamic British based terrorist’s earn cash from http://www.sellyourstory.org”), but the clincher is this August 2008 link where he is listed as site owner (highlight mine):
Title: Sell Your Story – http://www.sellyourstory.org
Description: sell your story sellyourstory sell your story sell your photos sell your videos
Category: Business & Economy: News and Media
Link Owner: glen jenvey
Date Added: July 28, 2008 01:35:11 AM
Number Hits: 0
If Glen Jenvey really is a former spy, I would venture a guess that he was forced to retire because he wasn’t very good at it.
If his current job is sneaking around on Teh Internets, then I would even go so far as to suggest he’s not very good at that, either.
Judging by the way his websites keep getting excluded from Google and withdrawn from service, he should probably stay out of the SEO game, too.
Oh, and there’s also the small matter of the Sun basing a front page claim on – and quite possibly paying Glen Jenvey for – a warning about militant(ish) postings that he wrote himself.
Perhaps Mr Glen Jenvey would care to explain what’s going on here.