Controversial American TV and radio host Glenn Beck took to the air recently to make his claim that EVE Online was being used by the US Central Intelligence Agency for global communications. This is a response to public awareness that one of the US diplomats killed in Libya recently, Sean Smith also known as Vile Rat was a leading member of the EVE Online community.
And he noticed that they’re watching all three [exits]. What does he do? Nah, he doesn’t call the White House, he doesn’t call the State Department, the, uh, embasssy in Tripoli. He calls a gaming website. Which is the first thing I would do. I’m like, I gotta check with my pals on the gaming website. And he writes: “We’re in Benghazi. At a safehouse. If we get out of this one alive, I’ll let you know. There are people watching all three exits.” Gang… he’s not telling his friendly gamers. He’s a CIA agent. He is telling people – this is where we are, help us!
You can read and watch his full commentary if you want. Goonswarm, the group Sean helped lead and infamous Something Aweful fans, claim he was just telling them what was going on. Whether or not you believe Beck, it’s still a terrible tragedy, EVE Online’s community lost a leader and friend. Perhaps at least the world will see that gamers can make an impact on the real world instead of just being teens in basements.
Does the CIA really control Something Aweful’s Goonswarm and EVE Online? I hope not solely for the sake that it would ruin every spy movie ever. Passing secret information through EVE Online is just so…mundane for an agency with a gigantic government budget that can afford James Bond gadgets, or at least a Mr. Bean shoe phone.
Hmm…I wonder if the CIA has any juicy details on DUST 514?