As many of you know, LinkedIn took down my profile without notification, without due process, and without justification.
I received a “Notice of Inaccurate Profile Information [160612-003939]”, asking for proof of employment at WikiStrat as a Senior Analyst and for being the principal author of the Ukraine National Information Strategy. I provided a screenshot of the employment offer from WikiStrat. I also provided a .pdf copy of the Ukraine National Information Strategy which I had sent to the Ukraine Ministry of Information Policy (MIP) on 2 January 2015, the file was dated 2 January 2015.
There was no name of the complainant, I actually trusted that LinkedIn would keep the information to themselves.
So far easy squeezy, eh? I thought even a six-year-old could figure out all of that. I was too trusting.
Last Friday *poof* my LinkedIn profile that I had for nine years disappeared.
So imagine when someone sends me a copy of what Yana Dianova, an attorney in Moscow, Russia was sharing publicly on LinkedIn:
Thirdly, in confirmation that he is “the Primary author Ukraine National Strategy for Information Policy” in his Counter Notice to the LinkedIn and/or SlideShare Notice of Inaccurate Profile Information report, Harding has NOT PROVIDED any credible evidence that he IS the author even of a simple PDF text “Ukraine National Strategy for Information Policy” (that he attached to the Counter Notice) and not another person and, even if he has written this document, that he has NOT manufactured it just after he received the notice LinkedIn and/orSlideShare Notice of Inaccurate Profile Information.
Well, duh, open up the information section of the .pdf and it says right there: author, Joel Harding. If it’s not there, blame Russian hackers. Oh, and did you manage to look at the date on the file, 2 January 2015, my dearest B.
The words she uses are copied straight out of Ukraine National Information Strategy copy I sent to only two parties: the Ukraine MIP and LinkedIn. Only ONE place does the phrase “Ukraine National Strategy for Information Policy” exist, inside the document.
So, not only has LinkedIn sent this sensitive document right to a person in Moscow, they sent it to a law firm with strong alleged ties with the FSB and to the Russian government.
In today’s restoration request to LinkedIn I asked:
Please explain why the material I provided you was sent to Yana Dianova without my permission, as she quoted directly from it. The information is considered proprietary and sensitive. I shared that with LinkedIn only. If the justification is that she is an attorney, please review your standards. She was the original complainant who now has sensitive material I produced. She is Russian, I provided it to the Ukrainian government, I hope you see the problem you might have caused. An international incident comes to mind. I had dinner last night with four MPs of the Ukraine Rada, I had to explain what you did and explain how LinkedIn cannot be trusted.
If I worked at LinkedIn and read this, I would certainly walk straight to the head office and tell the Deputy, perhaps the CEO, to read this and my request to restore my profile. Now. LinkedIn might have just pissed off a whole government. I’m curious about the international repercussions since you also know I’m sending this to all four MPs (Members of Parliament/Rada) in Ukraine as well as their guide (who works in media).
I even documented the meeting I had with those four members of the Ukraine Rada, “On a Ukraine National Information Strategy“. I even explained to them that the MIP’s focus was on cyber and not information warfare, so the MIP ignored using the strategy I supplied. Obvious this also ticked the MPs off, in regards to the Ukraine MIP. In Ms. Dianova’s rush to publish, she never bothered to ask why, she never bothered to ask for more information, she never bothered to ask for verification. It is obvious she is not a journalist but amazingly claims to be an attorney, while I expected more. Tsk, tsk.
Furthermore, Yana Dianova took sensitive material she received from LinkedIn, acting as a lawyer, and shared that information publicly. Her move was solely intended to hurt my reputation. She grossly abused her position at the Grata Law Firm by disclosing private information that appears illicitly to have been received . Were she in the US, I would demand her disbarment. However, Ms. Dianova is in Russia. Consequently, I ask nothing more than for her to be whipped and flailed (in polite society known as being fired).
To review, I told four members of the Ukraine Rada, Ukraine’s legislature, that LinkedIn has demonstrated consistent dishonesty by sharing private information outside their offices in violation of fundamental fiduciary duties. Let me boil that down to the essence of the desired fragrance.
LinkedIn cannot be trusted.
If LinkedIn wants this to go away, repost my profile in its entirety, remove Ms. Dianova’s profile from LinkedIn until she has issued me a public apology, LinkedIn issue me an apology, and change your SOPs for sharing information and dealing with problems. Last and most importantly, root out and stop your pro-Russian bias – if only for the benefit of the Microsoft shareholders that spent $26 billion to save your company.