Anonymous Circulates NSFW Photos Of BART Spokesman Linton Johnson

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Earlier today SF Weekly reported that Anonymous, the secret hacking group responsible for BART protests, fired off a list of demands the transit agency would have to meet before the group would put an end to the weekly protests that have snarled evening commutes. And one of those demands was for BART to fire its chief spokesman Linton Johnson.

To show they are serious about their ill feelings toward Johnson, members of the group released saucy photos that allegedly show the bare-chested Johnson pulling down his pants, giving a full-frontal view of his genitals. Accompanying the partially nude photos is the following message:

"If you are going to be a dick to the public, then I'm sure you don't mind showing your dick to the public."

Who knows where the vulgar photos originated from, but the pictures are blowing up on Twitter. Johnson became a target after the veteran spokesman told media outlets that it was his idea to shutdown cell-phone service in effort to block coordination of a scheduled protest -- and that it was well within BART's right to do so.

Jim Allison, a spokesman for BART, agency said he would not discuss the photos or any other "private matter" of an employee, but he clearly condemned the release of the photos. "They are not only unethical, but illegal," said Allison. He went on to say that the protesters can keep demonstrating all they want, as long as it's done legally. "There are lawful ways to protest outside the fare gates or go to BART board meetings -- that's appropriate, not making anonymous demands," Allison said. "We stand by our decision to interrupt cell-phone service."

BART'S LINTON JOHNSON IN SOME REVEALING PHOTOS!! TIME TO RESIGN FROM BART? http://t.co/v7hZMGV #anonymousirc #opbart #anonyops #truthless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply


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gruffgeek
gruffgeek

Oh big deal, it's 2011... almost everyone has nude photos out there. So what? He's a person outside of his job and what he does in his own time is his own business. I think a lot of folks really need to grow up.

Sanjuana Gabriela Enríquez Gal
Sanjuana Gabriela Enríquez Gal

1. A corporate official isn't supposed to have nude photos. It's not PROFESSIONAL2. All of the people who did post them will have trouble getting hired.3. "and what he does in his own time is his own business." - No, it is the company's business if he has his real name attached - He posted the photos without obscuring his identity.4. The retaliation against Mr. Johnson was a grown up, morally justified action.

gruffgeek
gruffgeek

1. Outdated thinking.2. Perhaps, sadly.3. It's really not. His position should not mandate any level "morality" or discretion. Not like he's President (most of which have been pervs, for the record), nor is he a spokesman for a school. It's a transit system... and not even a great one at that. lol4. Incorrect. I respect that you're entitled to your opinion... but seriously, how? 

Guestie
Guestie

He is GAY! OMG it must be a hate crime.

Sekon2none
Sekon2none

Johnson is BART's propaganda minister.  He lies and misleads the public on behalf of that rogue agency that does what it wants without any degree of accountability.  BART needs oversight. 

ElRonbo
ElRonbo

So Anonymous is protesting BART's parochial attitudes about free speech by stoking parochial attitudes about nudity.  Sure, makes perfect sense...

Sanjuana Gabriela Enríquez Gal
Sanjuana Gabriela Enríquez Gal

Those aren't parochial attitudes. In Europe nudity is more acceptable, but even there people don't post photos of themselves exposing each other online

ElRonbo
ElRonbo

Context.  This entire story is taking place in the US, where attitudes about nudity are parochial.  Europe's attitudes towards the subject - in this context - are about as relevant as Tibet's. 

Sekon2none
Sekon2none

Johnson cannot have it both ways (no pun intended).  Ethically he is as corrupt as they come.

Happy Pants
Happy Pants

Anonymous and Lulzsec are dangerous organizations full of disparate political goals from anti-western propaganda to anarchy to performing tasks for terrorists against American Military and Law Enforcement websites. These people need to be hunted down, rooted out, and imprisoned. This guy was entitled to privacy without a group of Beavis and Butthead wannabees  harrassing him for their own gain. This could be anyone who pisses off the high and mighty membership du jour. Take it seriously, demand action.

Robert Benson
Robert Benson

I can't get this The Cure song (Why can't I be You?) stanza out of my head, since this story broke - To Anonymous: 

everything you do is simply dreamy everything you do is quite delicious why can't i be you? why can't i be you? why can't i be you?

you're simply elegant!

lol, cheers!

Robert Benson
Robert Benson

"in effort to block coordination of a scheduled protest -- and that it was well within BART's right to do so." - Ms. Sherbert, you are, apparently, unaware of the First Amendment and the FCC's investigation into this matter.

Elizabeth Frantes
Elizabeth Frantes

He's such an annoying, whiny little prat, so sanctimonious and full of shit, this is funny. 

The Black Whole
The Black Whole

BASED ON "his" decision to put "black"face on OUR Constitutional Right to FREE SPEECH and to PROTEST PEACEFULLY, THIS loser HAD IT coming!

OSCAR GRANT III would be HAPPY to KNOW that SOOOO MANY PEOPLE have STOOD UP for him in the WAKE of his SENSELESS MURDER by a bart "cop"!

http://theblackwhole.wordpress..., DON'T think for ONE MOMENT that little linton's j-o-b OR his homosexuality SOMEHOW gives him some "special" power to IMPINGE on the RIGHTS of OTHERS.

THAT'S just as BAD as those who want to DENY MARRIAGE EQUALITY to ALL...so, GET OVER your HYPOCRISY...thankuverymuch.

--The Black Whole...AIN'T fallin' for ANYone's propaganda. = \

Chris Lindsay
Chris Lindsay

you donkeys really have no sense of lulz at all do you. n1 anon

Steve
Steve

homophobia rears its ugly head out of anonymous's irrational digital mouth.anonymous thinks having a 'token' resignation, its 'demands' will be met?racism and homophobia:  disgusting.

Robert Benson
Robert Benson

This would be equally funny, if the photos were heterosexual in nature; it is a sign of imprudence (on both parties') - however, one side is a bunch of pissed off kids. What's Little - I mean Linton - Johnson's excuse?

David
David

Oh nicely done Anonymous.  The public will clearly side with you now that you've engaged in more illegal and certainly unethical activity.  BTW, Linton Johnson isn't wearing a silly mask and using silly online names to identify himself, is he?  Time to put on the big boy/girl pants and move out of your parents' basement.

Sanjuana Gabriela Enríquez Gal
Sanjuana Gabriela Enríquez Gal

This isn't illegal. Those photos are from Johnson's website.And Johnson was stupid BECAUSE he didn't obscure his identity when he posted those photos

Robert Benson
Robert Benson

That would mean less supervision, are you sure that's a good idea?

____
____

So certain members of anon have balls to do what they do behind masks and not step up and reveal themselves?  Kettle calling the pot black I see...

Sanjuana Gabriela Enríquez Gal
Sanjuana Gabriela Enríquez Gal

____: Anon operates best by BEING anonymous. It is okay for them to be hypocritical in that manner as long as they don't do bad actions.

Robert Benson
Robert Benson

Certain members (investors) of the banking (Federal Reserve) community do what they do behind the corporate veil and do not step up and reveal themselves. Just wait, until these media blitzes take root, Wall Street is next! according to recent posts. 

SWAZILAND
SWAZILAND

IT'S TIME TO SHUT ANON DOWNFOR GOODFOR EVER

Robert Benson
Robert Benson

Just like it's time to end government and corporate corruption; people are working on it, but it's no walk in the park. However, end government and corporate corruption and Anon goes away, vice versa is not true.

Gooffew
Gooffew

Good luck with that. The FBI tried and Anonymous destroyed the company they hired to do it and ruined the CEO's career. You got a better idea than the FBI?

strickla
strickla

Linton Johnson has sounded so wrong for so long and I couldn't quite figure out what the problem was until seeing these photos, which is when I realized he was a demented queen. It has nothing to do with homosexuality or being sex-positive or what have you. It does have everything to do with professionalism. As loathsome as Sam Singer, the PR gangster might be, I doubt it we'll ever be seeing him in ridiculous poses like those featuring Mr. Linton.

Good for you, anonymous nasties. That was illuminating. 

Steve
Steve

homophobic self-hating,  whatever you are ... 

M9000
M9000

Really? This is how you protest for free speech?  Off-base and childish does not even begin to describe what this is about.  Hey, I want free speech, so let's go searching through other people's stuff and embarass them in order to get what we say we want.  Come on people, act like serious advocates in order to be taken seriously. 

Sanjuana Gabriela Enríquez Gal
Sanjuana Gabriela Enríquez Gal

This is on-base, mature, and morally justified. This is a serious action, and Anonymous deserves respect for posting the photo.

Robert Benson
Robert Benson

Kids will be kids, what are you gonna do? Study the god Horus, the conquering child, to understand the pathology.

scott_lewis
scott_lewis

Who cares what someone does in their private life? It sounds like Mr. Johnson and his husband have a fun and interesting life outside of work, which is as it should be.

Frankly, I'm surprised that a group that supposedly supports "free speech" would be pushing for a company to control the non-work-related activities of its employees.

Would they also support, for example, Apple randomly drug testing its employees and firing those who had smoked marijuana?

Would they support Exxon investigating employees who cheat on their spouses and then firing them?

Sadly, from what they are implying by posting these pictures, it seems like they would. It seems Anonymous is actually a bunch of conservatives masquerading as "anarchists".

Sanjuana Gabriela Enríquez Gal
Sanjuana Gabriela Enríquez Gal

"Private life" IS the concern of employers, especially when one posts details online.

Johnson was dumb enough to post this stuff online, so it became the business of the employer.

Robert Benson
Robert Benson

Stop projecting your homophobia. If a black man hit me and I hit him back, would that make me a racist?

Elizabeth Frantes
Elizabeth Frantes

Actually, drug testing and firing is common in every business these days.  Except for the AMA, they don't allow testing of physicians because they can give out false positives.  It's great for the drug testing industries, they make a fortune.

Robert Benson
Robert Benson

They sure "showed" him! As I was arrested on Monday, for exercising my First Amendment rights, I take some guilty pleasure in this revelation. Is that wrong?

Jay
Jay

Add homophobic, prudish, Tea Partyers and any other overtly right-wing titles  want to toward these little morons at this point.  

"Anonymous" is an appropriate name.  Because none of them (if there is even more than one) have the nuts to reveal themselves and subject themselves to the same attacks they dump on people.  Change your names to "Cockroaches."  You only scurry around when the lights are off.

Sanjuana Gabriela Enríquez Gal
Sanjuana Gabriela Enríquez Gal

This is NOT homophobic. It is retaliatory against ONE person, and that is Mr. Johnson.

Jay, this was a good, moral, mature, justified act. When a public official commits an offensive act, it is the public's moral duty to lawfully retaliate and punish the official.

Anonymous
Anonymous

We are an idea. That's why no faces are shown. We fight for your right because you cannot. Actions like BART without reprocutions will lead to worse things for you on the future. We don't forgive. We don't forget. We are always watching. Expect us.

Elizabeth Frantes
Elizabeth Frantes

Love you guys.  And that nasty little creep Linton makes me wanna hurl. 

RJ
RJ

"We fight for your right because you cannot." No you don't, you arrogance spelling-challenged prick, you're just a puerile little gang of cowards who don't speak for anyone but your brain-dead selves. On whose behalf you clearly can't even speak coherently. Piss off. 

Sanjuana Gabriela Enríquez Gal
Sanjuana Gabriela Enríquez Gal

RJ, the people who posted the photo were moral, mature, justified Americans. It was a moral duty to post that photo.

Robert Benson
Robert Benson

It's "arrogant", fool! Nice punctuation, tool!

Stuberr
Stuberr

idon'tagreewithyou so pissoff yourself

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