Reid claimed her cybersecurity consultant, Jonathan Nichols, could prove her blog had been hacked. But Nichols struggled to produce the promised evidence to The Beast from which Reid has been suspended as a columnist. The evidence he provided did not hold up to the publication's analysis.
"Blog posts that Nichols claimed do not appear on the Internet Archive are, in fact, there," the publication explains, "The indicators of hacked posts don’t bear out."
Reid released a statement earlier claiming: “In December I learned that an unknown, external party accessed and manipulated material from my now-defunct blog… to include offensive and hateful references that are fabricated and run counter to my personal beliefs and ideology.”
Now her attorney has announced the FBI has opened an investigation into “potential criminal activities surrounding several online accounts, including personal email and blog accounts, belonging to Joy-Ann Reid.”