OPINION AND EDITORIAL
Many social media observers have been following the on-line feud between Thomas Schoenberger and Manual Chavez, III (aka “DEFANGO”) about their relationship with former FOX NEWS contributor Edward Butowsky. Now it appears more mainstream media has noticed this story.
Thomas Schoenberger, Greater Los Angeles, California, is a social media pseudo celebrity and “composer” (with long arrest record) that appears to enjoy projecting social media power by intimidation and smear campaigns and has developed a notorious reputation on social media as a “cyber-stalker” and “gang-stalker”. Schoenberger was closely connected with an associate known as Manuel Chavez, III of Carson City, Nevada. Chavez — known as “DEFANGO” in social media circles.
Above: Manuel Chavez, III (“DEFANGO”) of Carson City, Nevada
Both Schoenberger and Chavez have been involved in the back-story of numerous lawsuits that orbit Dallas, Texas businessman Edward Butowsky, a former FOX NEWS contributor that hired Schoenberger and Chavez to allegedly conduct social media smear campaigns as part of an initiative known as “SHADOWBOX STRATEGIES”, a business entity alleged incorporated under the laws of the State of Texas in the Fall of 2017.
Butowsky contracted for these services apparently related to his involvement in the “Seth Rich conspiracy”. Seth Rich was the former Democratic National Committee staffer that was allegedly killed in Washington, D.C. during a botched robbery attempt in July 2016. It was alleged that Seth Rich had transferred gigabits of internal DNC files to the Wikileaks web-site and Julian Assange, an anti-government whistle-blower activist.
Above: Alleged photo of Thomas Schoenberger, apparent house guest in Irvine, California
Lawsuits that address issues related to Edward Butowsky and alleged false news stories created by Butowsky include, Bauman v. Butowsky, 377 F. Supp. 3d 1 (D.D.C. 2019); Butowsky v. Gottlieb, 4:19-CV-0180 (E.D. Tex. June 18, 2019); Rich et al v. Fox News Network LLC et al, 1:18-cv-02223-GBD-SN (S.D.N.Y.); Rich v. Butowsky, 1:18-cv-00681-RJL (D.D.C. 2018).
Apparently both Schoenberger and Chavez traveled to the Greater Dallas area to create the Texas based corporation known as “SHADOWBOX STRATEGIES” which operated as a reputation destruction firm to perform digital assassinations of innocent third parties such as the undersigned. This is the approximate time the company “SHADOWBOX STRATEGIES” was created in the State of Texas (2017). Apparently Schoenberger and Chavez met Butowsky in October 2017 and “moved into the hotel” between January and March 2018.
The sample charter of “SHADOWBOX STRATEGIES” states:
THIS IS WAR
Shadowbox is your army. We solve your problems and expose truth. We unleash a multifaceted, strategic battle plan through integrated research earned media, legal and digital chaos.
Where your enemies have lied to paint you as the bad guy, we sow the seeds of doubt and present the counter-narrative that they are, in fact, the villains, and you have been unjustly accused. We do this through sophisticated use of internet technology, meme creation, PR, and cyber-guerrilla tactics that stop the bleeding and begin to sway public opinion and the media in your favor.
EXPOSURE FROM RAW STORY
Fox News reporter and right-wing conspiracy theorists planned to wiretap family of slain DNC staffer Seth Rich: report
EXCLUSIVE: Right-wing activists discussed surveilling the grieving family of murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich, according to three sources. “They wanted ears in every room.” https://t.co/isS0cHBsUM
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) February 18, 2020
Right-Wing Activists Discussed Wiretapping Seth Rich’s Family, Three People in the Room Say
Involved in the talks about murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich: a Fox reporter, a former intelligence contractor, and a pair of provocateurs looking to sow “targeted chaos” online.
Chavez and Schoenberger are notorious figures in the small but intense world of YouTube and Twitter conspiracy theorists, where Pizzagate and QAnon believers share space with others who are just out to cause trouble. Chavez regularly broadcasts the details of internecine internet vendettas to a few hundred viewers on his YouTube channel, while Schoenberger is mired in elaborate feuds that make little sense to anyone outside of them.
They claim to be involved with “Cicada 3301,” a mysterious group behind a set of famous internet puzzles that’s been profiled in Rolling Stone. Chavez has used that connection to suggest, inconclusively, that he’s one of the founders of the QAnon conspiracy theory.
But while Butowsky insists he only hired Chavez and Schoenberger to help his online image, a recorded video conference obtained by The Daily Beast suggests that their relationship had more sinister goals, at least in some instances.
In the gathering, Butowsky appeared to urge Schoenberger and Chavez to turn their internet harassment skills on Stuart Blaugrund, a Dallas attorney and one-time Butowsky acquaintance who had become critical of Butowsky’s role in the Rich conspiracy theory.
Fuming over an email from Blaugrund in the video conference, Butowsky appeared to urge Chavez and Schoenberger to publicize Blaugrund’s personal information online.
To be continued…
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