Welcome to the wonderful world of the internet… or I knew a fugitive from the FBI sorta…

A few months back I offered a contact I had made on twitter the opportunity to guest post on BCF.

That contact had the twitter handle of Moon-Metropolis.

I knew him from his asking me to link to his postings on Thought Catalogue. Postings he wrote under his real name; Joshua Goldberg.

They were pretty good pieces, he is clearly a bright kid.

He posted a few articles on BCF, notably the Pride Jarva piece. You can’t argue with success, that post went viral.

Later via direct messages on Twitter, Moon, or Joshua Goldberg tried to interest me in doing a post about an online Jihadi named “Australi Witness”.

He hoped to do a write up of this Australi Witness character he said.

I showed little enthusiasm saying I thought the poster Australi Witness to be a blowhard and we left it at that, no article was ever submitted.

Here’s a screenshot of our exchange. This is the link he references as a “detailed jihadist threat”. 

moon metropolis australi witness convo



Little did I know that Joshua Goldberg, AKA Moon Metropolis was also the online Jihadi, Australi Witness.

Joshua Goldberg has been arrested at his Florida home by the FBI, the result of a joint effort with the Australian intelligence services.

He faces serious jail time if convicted, as much as 20 years.

Joshua Goldberg had numerous online identities and a history of impersonation.

Breitbart has more on  Joshua Goldberg’s fantasist tendencies.

An obviously bright kid who has dug himself a very deep hole.

  • Ron MacDonald

    I read that posting and ignored it because the poster seemed too hyper.

    • Which one?

      • Ron MacDonald

        Pride Jarva, I thought it was a bunch of crap.

        • Was a good post.

          • Ron MacDonald

            I usually stay away of topic that involve Gays.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          Ya missed out Ron!
          I think it was the first ‘mathematically perfect’ post that I have ever seen.
          It was some kind of technical perfection.

          • Ron MacDonald

            I must be losing it in my old age, couldn’t get into it. That’s why I ignored it.

    • Brett_McS

      Getting comment spam and having contributors who also write for the Daily Kos:

      Two signs that you’ve made it.

  • Brett_McS

    There could be a lot more of this as the on-line world grows larger and certain types of people have trouble distinguishing between virtual consequences and real ones.


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  • Is he mental?

    • Could be.

      • Exile1981

        So was he a jihadi pretending to be against jihadis or was he anti-jihadi trying to give himself something to write about?

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      That was my first thought, but now, I’m not so sure.

      • I’m thinking there is a screw loose somewhere.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          Oh trust me, there are issues here… I just don’t think he’s actually crazy.
          Too much ordered and deliberate thought.

          • Some crazy people can surprise you.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Crazy people are unpredictable.

          • Exile1981

            Certain types of sociopaths and serial killers are very methodical.

          • By their nature, yes.

  • vladtepesblog

    What a shame. Too many TV characters of the socially positive sociopath I guess, Seems like he was sorta kinda trying to be one of those.