Oct 20, 2014 · 0 minutes

Finally, after days of dithering, the CEO of Whisper has admitted what we all suspected: He has absolutely no idea whether the Guardian's reporting on his company is accurate.

A short while ago, Michael Heyward tweeted:

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...which is excellent news except for the fact that, as Jay Rosen points out, Whisper's Editor in Chief Neetzan Zimmerman already claimed to have investigated and determined that the Guardian's reporting was a "pack of lies."

While we wait for the results of Heyward's investigation, one thing in now clear: Zimmerman accused the Guardian of fabricating its reporting and of creating sources from thin air before any kind of internal investigation had been completed.

As I wrote earlier this evening, that fact alone makes Zimmerman's position at the company absolutely untenable if users are ever to trust any future statement on user privacy from Whisper.