[Owasp-leaders] In Samantha's words: "Why I resigned my role at OWASP"

Eurojee Jarina eurojee.jarina at owasp.org
Fri Jul 11 08:44:33 UTC 2014

This sounds like my government, full of corrupt politicians. Money, power
and politics.

On Tue, Jun 17, 2014 at 3:34 PM, Jim Manico <jim.manico at owasp.org> wrote:

> OWASP Community and Leaders,
> Since making my first wiki edit in January 2007 I have been an active and
> dedicated volunteer for the OWASP foundation and community.
> When I first joined OWASP, I was amazed at the many brilliant security
> minds within the organization and wanted to capture this special moment in
> time when the application security industry began to really take off. My
> passion for sharing security information with others (and wanting a
> platform for the brilliant OWASP security minds to share their opinions)
> led me to host the first OWASP podcast on November 21, 2008 and I continued
> to host the podcast until March 2014. I currently work on a variety of
> secure coding projects for the foundation.
> Through the years I have traveled to OWASP chapters around the globe. From
> Ghana to Helsinki and many points between, I have always maintained vendor
> neutrality and OWASP integrity as our mission and bylaws demand.
> On March 18, 2014 while attending the OWASP conference in Tokyo, Samantha
> and Dennis gave me a big "dual hug" and told me how much they loved me for
> my work at OWASP.
> Unfortunately, my and other OWASP members concerns regarding Samantha's
> handling of OWASP projects turned our relationship sour.
> Members of the technical project review group felt they were being ignored
> by Samantha.  I felt the same way when I expressed my concerns to her in
> private. I am grateful for the accomplishments Samantha did make but felt
> the technical project leaders concerns needed to be addressed. Before going
> public with my concerns I first addressed my concerns to Samantha in
> private. I then went to Samantha's boss who told me to "do something about
> it". No improvements were made so I took my concerns public.  Now I am
> being wrongfully accused of sexual harassment by Samantha. I have never
> sexually harassed Samantha. These claims are unfounded and a number of
> OWASP community members have told me to sue her for slander.
> I am aware that others are suing her and at this time but this is not a
> path I will take. A lawsuit simply wastes time and money and perpetuates
> this nonsense. We have a pattern of Samantha making claims that are not
> backed up by truth, a point made clearly by Josh Sokol in his response to
> Samantha's letter.
> What I am going to do now is get back to work and do whatever I can to
> continue supporting the OWASP community. I will be participating in the
> upcoming AppSec EU conference in Cambridge next week and I hope to see you
> there.
> Aloha,
> Jim Manico
> OWASP Board Member and Volunteer
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