We now know that the person who posted the confession and manifesto to San Francisco Indymedia also posted this material to numerous other IMC sites, in some instances hours before the post to SF IMC <see http://sf.indymedia.org/news/2002/11/1545491_comment.php#1545887>
This person, or a different person also emailed at least 26 other people or organizations, including
greenteacher.com, npq.org, nacla.org, utne.com, merip.org, ceip.org, covertaction.org, clamormagazine.org, progressive.org, fair.org, dollarsandsense.org, punkplanet.com, altpr.org
and those partially redacted on http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/796409/posts
"2 of the receipents domain addresses were website design and hosting companies.
"1 domain belongs to a trial lawyer.
"1 domain is not a registered domain.
"1 domain was a University in Canada.
"1 domain was a site with links to other sites for web research on just about anything imaginable.
"The other 7 sites that I looked at are left of center, socialist or flatout marxist sites."
The person who posted this to Free Republic said that, when he discovered there had in fact been a murder, he contacted police and FBI and provided them with all of the information contained in the email. This led the Feds to an internet cafe in Seattle with the ip address 220.127.116.11. The email address used to send to this batch was mitch stevens < email@example.com >. The above batch of recipients got an email from James Jameson < firstname.lastname@example.org> from the same ip address. These pseudonymous emails were sent on Friday and referenced a "we". The articles on Indymedia were posted on Monday, signed Andy McCrae.
The looming questions are
1) Why has the AP suggested the San Francisco IMC was the sole media contact for the suspect? Were they led in that direction by Concord Police Chief Jerry Madden, as suggested in this artlcle
2) Who else did this person contact? If he used different email addresses for each of these emails to 13 people, we can guess he had a list that was longer than 26. Who was on that list and what did they do with the email they received?
What seems clear is that the AP does not know the full story and is doing a sloppy job of it. And it seems to be the case, conspiracy theories aside, that the suspect in this murder had a message that he desparately wanted to get out through the media, but all outlets were closed to him, except Indymedia. While Officer Mobilio's death is the most obvious tragedy here, that Indymedia may actually be the only way left for Americans to communicate with their fellow citizens should leave us all bereft.