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

Azzeddine Ramrami azzeddine.ramrami at owasp.org
Fri Jul 11 09:37:20 UTC 2014


On Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 10:44 AM, Eurojee Jarina <eurojee.jarina at owasp.org>

> 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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Azzeddine RAMRAMI
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Enterprise Security Architect
OWASP Leader (Morocco Chapter)
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