Controversial Israel Blogger Gets Hacked (PHOTOS)
The Tikun Olam blog run by Richard Silverstein was hacked on Friday when someone placed a picture on the site that reads “I Stand With Israel”.
The blog, which is controversial in nature due to its history of breaking Israeli gag orders on military and intelligence matters, was created in 2003 and focuses mainly on Israeli-Palestinian issues and Israel’s broader relationship with the Arab world.
In addition to the “I Stand With Israel” picture and text posted onto Tikun Olam’s page, a YouTube video (which can be viewed below) of an Israeli paratrooper was also placed onto the site.
In August of this year, Silverstein posted on Tikun Olam what he said was a secret document that detailed Israel’s plans to attack Iran. In the days following it was found that the document closely resembled a report from the website Fresh, which the writer admitted was “based on foreign and non-classified sources and on the author’s own imagination”.
Comments from readers seemed to poke fun at Silverstein, calling today his “best work yet”, while another one reads “Finally you got wise Richard.”
Yossi Melman, who is the senior military and intelligence reporter for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, opines that Silverstein “spreads rumors without checking them”, calling him an “an idealouge, not a journalist”.