November 5, 2011
A plan by the international hacker movement Anonymous to expose collaborators of Mexico’s notorious Zetas drugs cartel has come to an abrupt end. A US activist backed away from publishing the names after an alleged counter-threat of mass retaliatory killings.
“This moves the operation from being a risk to knowing that I would be murdering people,” Anonymous participant Barrett Brown told the Guardian on Friday.
Brown’s withdrawal from Operation Cartel puts an end to one of the most bizarre and confusing episodes in Mexico’s drug wars.
It began with a video which appeared online in early October and promised to reveal the identities of people working with the Zetas unless the cartel released an Anonymous member kidnapped in the Mexican city of Veracruz.