In lieu of the unbelievable information that has come to light I am now certain that one of my favorite libertarian and economic writers “Robert Wenzel” is in fact a fraud. In an article by Tim Swanson he completely outs “Wenzel” as a fraud, citing various sources and visual proof to build his case. What bothers me so much was the fact I was featured on the site many times and actually spent time promoting the cause.
I had been in contact with Chris Rossini his “producer and IT guy” several times and have documented emails proving it. I was lined up to update the look and functionality of the website. Chris and I had been back and forth several times about the project and I was assured that “RW” was in the loop but quite busy.
Chris told me several times that Mr. Wenzel travels a lot and thus I would be dealing with him mainly. This didn’t seem out of the ordinary to me. Rossini gave me answers and input for mockups I did for the site which can be seen here (very early mockup just working with wireframe). I also built them a Chrome plugin which can be found here. Nothing seemed out of place.
Looking back through the emails I can confirm that Rossini is not Wenzel and is not the same person. There are instances where I am in an email conversation with both of them talking about site slowness and display issues. I wanted to clarify this because looking on Twitter, Rossini has received a tweet or two asking him who he is and if he is in fact “Wenzel” — I don’t believe he is.
What is worth noting though is Rossini has changed his Twitter information. I have attached screenshots and you can also view the cached version of the Twitter account using Google.
I’m not really sure what to believe anymore but seeing Chris switch his bio like that on his Twitter and Google Plus account leads me to believe there is something more than a simple misunderstanding going on here. Severing all ties with a blog and individual that I know for a fact he worked hard to gain the trust of? Very odd.
In one of the emails to me he states that “Robert doesn’t trust anyone and does not let anyone in to the backend of the website.” — knowing that Chris had recently published to EPJ it would be safe to assume he gained the trust of Wenzel. So why now does he abandon ship? Not accusing Chris of anything at all, I think he may have been duped but it would be nice for someone to set the record straight.
More as I find anything.
Update: Looking through my email here is a screenshot of Rossini accepting me on LinkedIn.