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The maker of the controversial film “Dreams from My Real Father” claims a journalist has been investigating the movie using information that could only have been obtained by hacking into his company’s bank account.
Director Joel Gilbert says unknown parties appear to have illegally acquired “private company bank information” and supplied it to journalist Seth Rosenfeld, who in turn has been using the information to ply answers from customers who purchased large quantities of his DVD, as well as a limited partner.
“The only way our banking information could have been obtained would have been through illegal hacking into our private company bank accounts,” Gilbert claimed in a statement. “The information was not public.”
Rosenfeld is a former reporter with the San Francisco Chronicle and is listed as a correspondent with the Center for Investigative Reporting, an organization funded in part by left-wing activist and billionaire George Soros.
Gilbert asserts that Rosenfeld is using information from his bank’s online servers that can only be accessed with a confidential user ID and password.
“Rosenfeld called me and referred to bank deposit amounts that he purported to be bank wire transfers received in my company bank account, and asked what they were used for,” Gilbert asserts. “I was so shocked that he claimed to have confidential bank information, I told him to send an email and hung up, but no email was received.”
Gilbert claims Rosenfeld also called a company limited partner on a private number and fraudulently introduced himself as being with the Romney campaign.
“When the partner said he wasn’t interested in discussing anything, Rosenfeld admitted to being a reporter and began citing the partner’s confidential bank wiring history,” Gilbert says. “The partner hung up.”
Gilbert’s “Dreams from My Real Father” has been rated the No. 1 documentary DVD on Amazon.com and is available on Netflix. The film presents the case that Barack Obama’s real father was Frank Marshall Davis, a Communist Party USA propagandist who likely shaped Obama’s worldview during his formative years, and that the story of a goat-herding Kenyan father was only a fairy tale to obscure Obama’s Marxist agenda.
As WND has reported, Gilbert has endeavored to distribute 7 million copies of the controversial documentary to presidential election swing states as part of a “guerilla marketing” campaign to force the major media to cover the film and expand awareness.
Although Gilbert says he anticipated legitimate critical examination of the film, he didn’t expect that it might include illegal hacking of his bank accounts or other improper means of mining personal and confidential information.
“Rosenfeld called the elderly mother of a customer who had purchased a large quantity of DVDs by check,” Gilbert claims. “Rosenfeld tricked the woman into giving out her son’s home phone number by fraudulently pretending to be an old friend. When Rosenfeld called the customer, Rosenfeld cited the amount of the check and asked about his political beliefs and asked by name whether he knew others who made purchases from my company.
“Another large-quantity DVD customer was contacted by Rosenfeld on his private unlisted cell phone number,” Gilbert says. “Again, Rosenfeld cited the customer’s transfer amount to my company, asked what it was for and asked him to detail his political opinions and any donations to Republican campaigns, including Romney’s.”
Gilbert figures Rosenfeld may be trying to prove the Romney campaign is somehow tied to the DVD.
“This won’t work because, No. 1: I have no association with the Romney campaign,” Gilbert says, “and No.2: The evidence in my film is overwhelming that Obama’s real biological father is Frank Marshall Davis, the Communist Party USA propagandist who became Obama’s ideological father.”
WND contacted Rosenfeld for comment, but received no reply.
If, indeed, Rosenfeld or someone working with him has done what Gilbert alleges, the guilty party could be prosecuted for violating privacy and banking laws.
“I have contacted my bank’s fraud department and they are investigating,” Gilbert says. “They assured me they have a record of times and locations my company bank accounts were accessed and will turn the information over to law enforcement and the FBI.”