Grotto Falls, AR – The Grand Lodge of Arkansas is reported to be “in a meltdown” over the releases of several hundred emails between members of Grand Lodge and a number of district officers.
With the Grand Lodge Annual Communication on the horizon, notorious Masonic hacker “Synonymous” released emails from the last three years, apparently stolen right from the Grand Lodge AOL account itself.
The contents of some emails are between district officers and Grand Lodge members discussing which Masons in the districts might be eligible for nomination to DDGM positions, and which ones would be blackballed for various reasons. Many emails are between the Grand Master and several other GL members, discussing ways to get members to pay more to the Grand Lodge general fund.
The Grand Junior Warden, who asked to remain unnamed, offered up his opinion on the matter. “We think it’s California just trying to stir up trouble. We know that’s where the hackers live, and they’ve never liked us.”
The emails are currently being released on MasonicLeaks, a web site run by Synonymous, a hacker known in the tech savvy online Masonic circles.
The Grand Master has suggested that Synonymous is working for the Grand Lodge of California, in an effort to rile up the membership before the upcoming Grand Lodge elections. Opponents have suggested that the accusations are a smokescreen to deflect attention away from the emails, themselves, which have shown the Grand Lodge of Arkansas in a very poor light.
The most damaging emails are those showing various GL officers making fun of the WMs and other officers of various lodges around the state, and those suggesting that some Past Masters would consider paying for extra table lodge tickets in order to win the favor of the Grand Master. Members of various districts were named, showing their proposed contributions. Several email chains show Grand Officers discussing how they might get nine potential donors to be part of the Grand Master’s foursome in the annual Grand Lodge golf tournament.
“Members of the Craft have suspected for years that the Grand Officers just look down on us, and consider us to be an irritation. Now we have proof,” said Worshipful Brother Ned Snowden. “You can bet your ass when Grand Lodge comes around, we’re not going to be voting for the progressive line officers.”
— Conte Calvino Gliostro