An Occupy Wall Street spy has been sending copies of email correspondence between organizers of the protest to both the FBI and NYPD. This sad little man even contacted the CSO of Comcast to inform him of possible protests being planned outside popular morning talk shows. Thomas Ryan, a New York security consultant, disguised himself as one of the protestors to get access to a listserv set up by the group in early September only to turn private emails over to authorities.
Sadly all Ryan did was send information about possible ideas seeing as how the vast majority of protest decisions are made in person at General Assembly that happens each day. In all honesty the NYPD and FBI can acquire all the information about planned protests they could ever want by wearing plain clothes and attending General Assembly. Knowing this, why would anyone feel the need to infiltrate Occupy Wall Street in order to find out what might be happening?
The major question many people are asking is whether Ryan was asked by the FBI or NYPD to spy on the protestors? If Ryan was asked to spy on Occupy Wall Street does it mean that the government is worried the movement is going to pick up more steam? It seems like Ryan isn't the brightest bulb in the box either. He is the one that outed himself as a spy on his blog. This leads some to believe there is no way he was asked to spy on Occupy Wall Street but instead decided on his own to send the emails.
Ryan may want to put his security expertise to work quickly. The group Annonymous has been tied to Occupy Wall Street and have been known to quickly and discreetly sabotage people's electronic lives. If Annonymous is behind OWS in some way, you can almost bet that the news of a spy will not be lost on them.