[Governance] JOSH SOKOL - CEASE AND DESIST CONTACT WITH CHRIS GATFORD

Christian Heinrich christian.heinrich at cmlh.id.au
Mon Feb 24 05:17:45 UTC 2014


Martin,

I would like to bring to your attention the following statement made by
Josh Sokol of *who did not seek my permission to contact Chris Gatford*:

*---------- Forwarded message ----------*
*From: Josh Sokol <josh.sokol at owasp.org <josh.sokol at owasp.org>>*
 *Date: Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 7:55 AM*
*Subject: Topics of Discussion for This Weeks Call*
*To: "christian.heinrich at cmlh.id.au <christian.heinrich at cmlh.id.au>"
<christian.heinrich at cmlh.id.au <christian.heinrich at cmlh.id.au>>*

*[SNIP - Content Irrelevant]*


*I want to call out a specific section of the OWASP Code of Ethics
(https://www.owasp.org/index.php/About_The_Open_Web_Application_Security_Project#Code_of_Ethics
<https://www.owasp.org/index.php/About_The_Open_Web_Application_Security_Project#Code_of_Ethics>)
that reads: "Treat everyone with respect and dignity".  In order to not
serve any bias in my research, I had a call with Christ Gatford last night
where he stated that you had a physical altercation with him very recently
where you tried to pull down his pants.*

*[SNIP - Content Irrelevant]*


As of Friday my mother has complained to me about receiving continued
telephone calls from a Constable at Manly Police Station.

I spoke to the Constable yesterday (Sunday) just after 6PM and informed him
that Josh Sokol of OWASP had made contact with Chris Gatford and this has
prompted Chris Gatford to file a false allegation with NSW Police possibly
due to Josh's continued and [false] claim that I am "seeking vengeance"
against Chris Gatford which is nothing more than hearsay, false and untrue.

I expect that the NSW Police will request the confidential recording of all
conference calls so I will request that they are *not destroyed so they can
be tendered into evidence*.  This is not permission to publish the
conference call to the public of either Chris Gatford or I.

I expect that as in the past that I the NSW Police have already determined
due to lack of evidence that I am *innocent beyond a reasonable doubt* to
yet another false allegation made by Chris Gatford to NSW Police that the
rumour mill will once again attempt smear me with possible criminal dealing
based on unwarranted and knee jerk decisions made by particular OWASP Board
Members without any supporting evidence and regard to the fact that I have
maintained an unblemished criminal record that has resulted in lost
opportunities as Josh Sokol decided on a whim to contact with Chris Gatford
who resigned from OWASP in August 2012 i.e.
http://lists.owasp.org/pipermail/owasp-sydney/2013-January/000177.html

As Josh's insists on citing
https://www.owasp.org/index.php/About_The_Open_Web_Application_Security_Project#Code_of_Ethicsthen
I would like to *formally
request to bring Josh to account with his stated ethics* specifically:

   - *Perform all professional activities and duties in accordance with all
   applicable laws and the highest ethical principles;*
   - *Refrain from any activities which might constitute a conflict of
   interest or otherwise damage the reputation of employers, the information
   security profession, or the Association;*
   - *Not intentionally injure or impugn the professional reputation of
   practice of colleagues, clients, or employers;*
   - *Treat everyone with respect and dignity; and*
   - *To avoid relationships that impair -- or may appear to impair --
   OWASP's objectivity and independence.*

I also want a condition placed on Josh Sokol revoked OWASP membership
that *desists
further contact with me and his unwarranted representation of me to Chris
Gatford*.

I would like to highlight that had Josh *not* ignored my continued warning
then OWASP would not have been drawn into something that will cause it
unwanted attention in the public domain as had been brought about with the
OWASP Google Hacking Inquiry.
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