Vice reporters Lani Levine and Elle Reeve have been accused of breaking into the home of 8Chan owner Jim Watkins with a camera crew at his house located in the Philippines.
The accusation was made by the verified 8Chan Twitter account, which said that the reporters and their crew entered Watkin’s bedroom before being ordered out of the property.
The Filipino authorities have already been notified. pic.twitter.com/mppgbhGOlT
— 8chan (8ch.net) (@infinitechan) May 18, 2019
According to OAG the reporters have both locked their twitter accounts sparking speculation that the reporters have been arrested by authorities in the Philippines.
As noted in the tweet, both Reeve and Levine have protected their tweets.Additionally there are no archives on the Wayback Machine for Lani Levine, so you can’t check to see what she was up to just before May 18th, 2019. There are archives of her account on May 18th, but she had already protected her account by that point.
The most recent Google caches are from back on March 27th, 2019. They don’t really reveal much about her current activities just before the 8chan tweet dropped.
The same applies to Elle Reeve, who’s Google cache is also from back on March 27th, 2019.
Reeve does have entries on the Wayback Machine, though. Here latest snapshot before locking the account is from May 8th, 2019.
Nothing from the snapshot has anything to do with Watkins or any trips to the Philippines.
However, the image evidence makes it difficult to deny. I did reach out to Reeve to ask about the situation and if she responds the article will be updated with that response.
As to why they were allegedly snooping around Watkins’ house likely has to do with a special that Vice was supposed to be working on. The 8chan account notes that they wanted to get out ahead of any possible footage that might be used in the Vice or HBO documentary.
This comes shortly after a barrage of articles have been attacking and targeting Jim Watkins and the 8chan imageboard because the Christchurch, New Zealand shooter would sometimes use 8chan.
The media have been pressuring for the censorship of 8chan, even though the shooter live-streamed the entire massacre on Facebook.
Nevertheless, ISPs in the Philippines have been blocking resident access to 8chan and certain other sites.
This is all part of a brisk move by tech giants, media outlets, and the government to enforce more widespread censorship across the net in the wake of the Christchurch shooting.
As for Elle Reeve and Lani Levine, we’ll have to wait to find out what fate befalls the Vice duo, assuming anything happens at all.
5) Elle accepting her award pic.twitter.com/c4xZyY7RNp
— CJTRUTH (@cjtruth) May 18, 2019