As I am want to do, I was sitting in a coffee shop recently indulging in my favourite pastime, the consumption of good coffee, when I noticed an older gentleman sitting next to me reading a book called “Dancing With the Devil” written by Christopher Geraghty. The book looked interesting, so I boldly asked him what it was about. Thus we started talking.
He stated in part, that at the age of nearly forty, Christopher Geraghty who had been a Catholic priest for nearly fifteen years, and had endured bullying and persecution during that time. Events eventually caused Geraghty to turn his back on the priesthood, but not the Church, and to take a different path in life. Geraghty had then studied the law part-time and, for the last 16 years of his professional life, worked as a district court judge in Sydney.
The old gent said that he had known Geraghty well, and could relate to the highs and lows, the ups and downs that he must have endured. He asked me had I known him too? I said that I had not, other than I had known the name as being in legal circles. I did wonder whether the old gent was, or had been a priest. but unfamiliarity forbade me to ask.
Needless to say, I was intrigued by the story, so much so that today I have ordered a copy of the book for myself. Watch this space for instalments!
Further to my blog below titled “Iran Rocks to ACDC”, further investigation suggests that this may not be the case at all!
An inspection of the available documents and with the use of on-line translation programs, this author can find no evidence to support the story.
- A web search reveals the story was only reported from the F-Secure site.
- Only part of the email is displayed on the site F-Secure site. It is displayed in Arabic.
- The email shows a web address http://www.aeoi.org.ir. When this address is followed , it does appear to call up the legitimate web site for the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran.
- The Arabic text from this site was cut and paste, and run through a translation program. The translated text (although incomplete) makes no mention of virus, worms or ACDC.
- However, the email on the F-Secure site looks like a screen capture of the home page of the AEOI site, rather than a traditional email. It is noted that today’s AEOI front page is slightly different but it does contain the same references as seen on on the F-Secure site.
- Lastly, and perhaps more importantly, passage of emails in and out of Iran, passing details that might embarass the regime, would no doubt have severe repercussions on the author of those emails, assuming that a scientist could be found with western sympathies and willing to take the risk.