The alleged hacker who has been releasing blogger Cameron Slater's emails through Twitter is retiring, having done what they set out to do, according to online posts today.
Yesterday, the Twitter account @Whaledump was suspended, but @Whaledump2 was set up just hours later, publishing more messages featured in Nicky Hager's book Dirty Politics.
@Whaledump2 this morning tweeted it was "never about party politics for me. I have done what I set out to do. It is time to go. #whaledump"
"If I didn't do it, who would have? If I didn't do it this way, how could it have been done? #whaledump"
The account posted that "every device used in this operation will have been destroyed and disposed of along with all the decryption keys" by the time the tweet was read.
The move comes as Slater, who runs the right-wing Whale Oil blog which has been at the centre of allegations on Hager's book, is seeking an injunction against Fairfax Media, Mediaworks and APN to prevent further publication of information based on the hacked emails.
A fourth defendant is listed as ''unknown person'', referring to the person alleged to be in possession of the hacked emails and behind the "Whaledump" Twitter accounts.
@Whaledump2 addressed targets of the leaks today, saying: "Good luck lying. Remaining dumps are with journos. You feeling lucky, punk?"
Slater is seeking all electronic copies of his communications to be returned to his possession, and for costs to be awarded to him.
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