I disagree with that. It isn’t like the quote says that “it’s okay to rape people” or anything like that. He was a long time Tor developer and journalist/activist/computer security scientist, so that is the reason he is being quoted.
Also I find it rather odd, he was de-platformed, had privileges and membership etc revoked, before any investigation occurred.
You would think “innocent until proven guilty” would prevail. At very least they could have asked him to temporary step down while it was being investigated.
If no criminal investigation was underway, then no more action should have be taken.
This certainly to me seems like a “court of public opinion” decision, rather than one with any legal backing, where certain rules apply ie: beyond reasonable doubt, etc, right to legal council, defense etc.
The danger with this is that smear campaigns can have devastating effects which can ruin a person’s standing within the community without or with insufficient evidence. Having anonymous victims, does encourage this as well, because anyone can say anything about anyone.
In a judicial system victims are not anonymous, at least to the judge and prosecutor. There are also usually very strict laws in most countries about making false allegations. Often those come with prison time.
It also isn’t beyond a government to use its intelligence services orchestrate a smear campaign. The only way to combat that is transparency about the findings. He says he was he was also being harassed, in regard to his possession of Snowden documents/publishing of them.
He hasn’t spoken in a while, apparently working on post-quantum cryptography stuff at a university in Europe. LEFFEST’19 Resistances - Virtuality of Resistance, Resistance in Virtuality Nov 18, 2019 (5:15).