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Fake Stephen Conroy exposes himself [Mar. 17th, 2009|04:40 pm]
Bob Bain
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In my LiveJournal entry dated 15th. March 2009 I referred to a well known and seemingly well-loved "Fake Stephen Conroy" on the interactive twitter site.

After exposing himself to the world he remarked on his Department of Internets

God dammit, Moses. Did you have to use the most unflattering photograph of me on the entire friggen internet? Couldn’t you have used the one in my head? The one with the lean, muscular physique and neatly chiseled features?

Tags: asher moses, leslie nassar, rock-hard abs, smh

image borrowed from Sydney Morning Herald 17th. March 2009

Telstra man behind Fake Stephen Conroy

Asher Moses

March 17, 2009 - 2:33PM

A web prankster impersonating Communications Minister Stephen Conroy on Twitter has been outed as a Telstra staff member.

The staffer has now been silenced by the telecommunications giant, perhaps out of fear that the revelations will further increase tensions between Telstra and the Government, which has excluded Telstra from the bidding process to build a $10 billion-plus national broadband network.

The satirical "Fake Stephen Conroy" profile, which has now been wiped, sparked almost as much discussion online as Senator Conroy himself. It primarily lampoons the Government's proposed mandatory internet filtering scheme.

Following an online manhunt that turned up a long list of suspects, Fake Stephen Conroy decided to turn himself in before he could be outed.

"OK, so here it is; Fake Stephen Conroy = Leslie Nassar," he wrote yesterday.


That page doesn't exist!

Australian Personal Computer 3.02 pm

Nassar closed the @StephenConroy Twitter account 20 minutes ago, after he outed himself on a blog post yesterday afternoon.

He is still running a blog called DepartmentOfInternets.com on which he yesterday also published a scathing review of the ABC's new iPhone app and mobile website.

The deletion of the StephenConroy account does not appear to be due to pressure from Conroy's office -- the Minister acknowledged the Twitter feed as "healthy satire" just a few days ago.

APC's enquiry on why Nassar had pulled the feed were met with the response: "It is *crazy* in Leslie-town at the moment. If you're a member of the press, you know why, so your best bet is to contact the Telstra PR folks."

Fake Stepehen Conroy 6.25 pm

Yes, I've been asked to stop Twittering as @stephenconroy.
6 minutes ago from web