Remember SuperDAE? AKA Dylan Wheeler. He's the hacker that revealed a huge number of industry secrets, including the existence of Durango, the Microsoft development kit that would become the Xbox One. Today, in an email sent to Australian Prime Minster Tony Abbot, other high ranking ministers and a number of journalists, SuperDAE said he is renouncing his Australian citizenship after accusations of harrassment from the police and other agencies.
To all whom it may concern,
When was it that Australia gave up it’s freedom? Why is it that the very country I once called home is now just short of what most would call a police state. Why are you allowed to throw out basic human rights in favour of your own policies? Harass and defame citizens. Support illegal surveilling of your own citizens, help out foreign law enforcement and completely ignore the core foundations of the country.
I’ve had FOIA’s on myself blatantly ignored from the state, with the AFP still yet to come to a conclusion. I’ve had lawyers harassed and otherwise intimidated in such a way as to not feeling comfortable with proceeding anymore.
I don’t want to be known as an Australian anymore, and it’s made nearly impossible to denounce it via paperwork without being physically present, to which I do not feel safe, as I can’t even be guaranteed basic fundamentals like my right to liberty and security. I have at no point in time been guaranteed the right to a fair trial, I’ve been harassed by the Western Australian police, for what? This false presence that you are allowed to accuse people of standing up for themselves, for expressing their own opinions and for being an Australian. I once was proud to call myself Australian, and I love my country dearly, I grew up there and it will always have a place in my heart, but I can’t stand by and watch violation after violation and continue to call myself an Australian. I would consider myself a patriot, I support my country, and Australia will always be apart of me, but I can’t support a bastardised government and in the very essence of patriotism, I feel I need to denounce my citizenship, as I do not stand for the government, I do not support the government, and I will not let myself be associated with such abusive powers.
- The government can’t keep treating citizens as potential criminals. - The government can’t keep denying their involvement in these international treaties/agreements that waive the privacy of their citizens.
It is for this reason, I no longer want to be known as an Australian, and I (Dylan Shane Terry Wheeler) denounce myself formally in this email as an Australian citizen as per my right laid out in Article 15(2) of the UDHR.
You can not take away the freedom of the people, you are playing a dangerous game and the stakes you are wagering are the citizens.
Can SuperDAE actually renounce citizenship by simply declaring it? No, not exactly. There are forms to be filled in, documents to be filed. But, speaking to Gizmodo, SuperDAE doesn't want to provide the government with the information it needs to make the renouncement formal.
So it's almost a bluff. Why send such a high profile renouncing your citizenship when you're not willing to actually renounce your citizenship? To make a statement? Most likely. SuperDAE is currently residing in another country, where he has residence. He wouldn't be stateless, but it's clear he no longer wants to be Australian.
Gizmodo Australia has the full story.