Was the FBI Going Against Department of Justice Policy by Keeping Playpen Running?

Last year when the FBI took control of one of the biggest child pornography sites known to the dark net as Playpen, they didn’t shut it down right away. Instead the FBI kept it running for an additional two weeks in order to deploy its NIT; which led to the unmasking of over 4000 computers.

A recent declaration filed by an agent who worked on the Playpen case stated that before the investigation took place, the FBI immediately shut down a section of the website devoted to helping child porn producers make, and release new media.

“The Producer’s Pen was a section of the Playpen site that encouraged members to produce and share new child pornography,” the declaration by FBI Special Agent Daniel Alfin stated. “The Producer’s Pen was closed immediately after the FBI seized control of Playpen.”

Colin Fieman, who is currently working on several Playpen related cases, brought this issue to light. Fieman stated that his mission thus far is to find out exactly what happened from the time the FBI took control of Playpen, to the time the shut it down. Fieman’s investigation comes after another attorney accused the FBI of making Playpen run better, and that

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