Jacob Appelbaum, one of the most well known developers of the Tor Project, stepped down due to “public allegations of sexual mistreatment.” The Tor Project only released a brief one-sentence-statement on Thursday about the case, however, they went into further details as they heard that rumors were spreading around in the online community about sexual assault.
Appelbaum did the security research at the Tor Project, however, he is also a journalist who worked on topics, such as WikiLeaks and the Edward Snowden disclosures. Rolling Stone called him the “public face of the Tor Project” in a 2010 profile, which detailed his involvement with Tor and WikiLeaks. Before joining the Tor Project, Appelbaum worked on the security for Greenpeace and the Rainforest Action Network.
According to Tor Project executive director Shari Steele, Appelbaum had been followed by allegations of sexual assault for quite some time:
“These types of allegations were not entirely new to everybody at Tor; they were consistent with rumors some of us had been hearing for some time. That said, the most recent allegations are much more serious and concrete than anything we had heard previously,” Steele wrote in a statement.
Steele also said that when the Tor