Many discussed in these articles will be angered by them.
I am not writing for public acclaim nor to participate in a LARP drama.
I am writing for history.
I fully expect everyone named in these articles to despise me and to attack me publicly.
It comes with the territory. I am not trying to antagonize anyone. I am trying to write what truths I uncover and to present them as dispassionately as I can. That means that some with agendas will find them undermined or challenged. This is not personal.
One problem is that I am now a protagonist in these matters, which is not where an historian is supposed to be.
As much as I can, I attempt to extricate myself and to discuss these affairs minimizing my own personal bias. But objectivity, I think, is impossible. I try to be transparent about my own agenda and my own preferences, and honest about my own biases.
I think that anyone that claims that they are objective is either fooling themselves or lying. Whenever someone claims to be objective, we should consider that a warning signal, an indicator of propaganda. Honest analysts admit that their views are partisan, and explain why they feel as they do.
I would ask that those who are annoyed by my work to try to take a longer view. Try to consider these matters from the viewpoint of future historians. It is for them that I am writing.
Thanks for reading. I appreciate comments and corrections!
Estéban Trujillo de Gutiérrez
Sunday, January 9, 2020.
On August 19, 2019, I talked with an early member of the original Cicada 3301, known as gHOST3301 on the deep web and as Dustin757 on YouTube. I was delighted to conduct this interview, as no inner circle members of Cicada’s Early Period (2011-4) are publicly known, and accessing them is difficult.
This interview with gHOST3301 is the first conducted by any social scientist with an inner circle member of Cicada’s Early Period (2011-4). This is my second interview in the Cicada Files: the first was with Arturo Tafoyovsky (Lestat), chief videographer during a part of the Middle Period (2016-8), published earlier on this site, August 15, 2019.
I am researching a long interview (40,000+ words) that I conducted on May 22, 2019 with Manuel Chavez III (Defango) about the nascence of QAnon. Chavez was also an inner circle member of Cicada 3301 late in its Middle Period (2014-8), and he was personally responsible for its implosion on May 7, 2018.
Chavez’s central role in the Cicada narrative, and his account of his betrayal of the organization’s legendary secrecy is riveting and historic. I am exercising due care in the transcription of his interview and my commentary upon it, and I will release it in installments in coming weeks. Read the rest of this entry »
Cicada 3301 Files: Arturo “Tafoyovsky” (Lestat), Interview May 24, 2019: Transcript and Commentary Revised August 15, updated August 17-8, 2019.
(Archived at @Samizdat on LBRY:
Videographer Arturo “Tafoyovsky” (a pseudonym) (aka Lestat) was an inner circle member of Cicada 3301 (2016-8), their chief of graphics, who defined the visuals of Cicada’s perplexing puzzles during its Middle Period.
Cicada’s Early Period begins with its inception in obscurity circa 2011 and extends to the emergence of Thomas Schoenberger, one of two “head composers” in the order between 2014-5.
Cicada’s Middle Period can also be called the Schoenberger era, as it began with Thomas Schoenberger’s “hijacking” of the order in 2014-5 and ended when Manuel Chavez III (Defango) exposed the secrets of Cicada on May 7, 2018. Cicada as an organization imploded on Schoenberger’s watch: the organization died due to his greed and his mismanagement of Chavez.
The perfidy of Chavez, who infamously blew Cicada’s legendary cover for all time, will be recounted in coming installments in his own words. Read the rest of this entry »