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Suspected infiltrator

If you suspect someone is an infiltrator try to obtain information about their background:

  • Where they attended high school and college
  • Place of employment, and other pieces of history. Attempt to verify this information. Check public records which include employment; this can include voter registration, mortgages or other debt filings, etc
  • Check listings of Australian police academy graduates, if available

Once you obtain evidence that someone is an infiltrator

Making accusations about someone may constitute defamation if the accusations are unfounded. Making unfounded accusations may also have the effect of isolating someone who may have been highly committed to your campaign. Get your facts straight and consider these issues carefully.

  • Confront him or her in a protected setting, such as a small meeting with several other key members of your group (and an attorney if available)
  • Present the evidence and ask for the person's response
  • You should plan how to inform your members about the infiltration, gathering information about what the person did while a part of the group and determining any additional impact they may have had
  • You should consider contacting the press with evidence of the infiltration

If you can only gather circumstantial evidence, but are concerned that the person is disrupting the group:

  • Hold a strategy session with key leadership as to how to handle the troublesome person
  • Confront the troublemaker, and lay out why the person is disrupting the organisation. Set guidelines for further involvement and carefully monitor the person's activities. If the problems continue, consider asking the person to leave the organisation

If sufficient evidence is then gathered which indicates they are an infiltrator, confront the person with the information in front of witnesses and carefully watch reactions.