In a statement on the Tor blog, the executive director of the organization, Shari Steele, announced that the Tor Project is implementing new policies and procedures to prevent future incidents. The incident in question would be the sexual assault allegations against one of the Tor Project’s leading developers, Jacob Appelbaum.
Several months ago the organization promised they would complete a full investigation into the sexual assault allegations – as of July 27, 2016, the investigation has been completed.
For several years, rumors had been spreading about Appelbaum’s behavior, yet he remained a prominent member of the Tor community and contributor to some of the Wikileaks articles. Appelbaum was one of the few who had access to former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s top secret documents and he continued contributing as a journalist to the publication of those documents. He even attended security conventions while the sexual misconduct accusations came flying in – he just ignored them.
He eventually acknowledged and started denying the accusations, but as more reports surfaced it became clear that action had to be taken. On the 25th of May, 2016, Appelbaum stepped down.
After Appelbaum stepped down, the Tor Project investigation was in full swing and was led