Rebekah Jones, the COVID Whistleblower Who Wasn’t

From Charles C.W. Cooke at National Review:

At the time she was hired, the state government knew from its background check that Jones had completed a pre-trial intervention program in Louisiana in 2018, thereby securing a “no conviction” record for “battery of a police officer,” and it knew that she had entered into a deferred-prosecution agreement with the State of Florida in 2017 after being charged with “criminal mischief.”

Brushes with the law in the past. Also:

Without telling a single person what she was doing, Jones created a new account within the GIS system and moved a tranche of data into it. This both broke the setup and sincerely confused the department’s IT staff. “Because the team was not informed,” [IT director at the FDOH, Craig] Curry wrote, it “began troubleshooting the issue as if it were a system issue”—which, of course, it was not. In the process, the FDOH asked Chris Duclos, a GIS manager and the only other person besides Jones who had “full administrative right [sic] in our system[,] to help.” This Duclos did, primarily “by modifying ownership of objects to return the process to the previous state”—that is, to roll back the system to how it had been when it was working. At 1:00 p.m. that day, aware that Duclos was reversing her power grab, Jones locked Duclos out of his account.

It goes on like this. The sourcing in this article isn’t clear, but National Review (despite having a strong conservative bent) hasn’t published blatant lies. They have a viewpoint. And these claims are awfully specific, so disproving them should happen quickly if they’re off base.

So yeah, the Rebekah Jones thing is almost certainly just one crazy person seeing what they wanted to see and seeking attention. When stuff like this happens it’s important to take a full, circumspect view and examine all relevant facts.

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