“DPI Spy Squad” Or The “Deep State” Or Maybe Even An “Elite Squad Of Ninjas?” Where Did Exhibit C Come From In The iStation Debacle?

From WRAL’s Kelly Hinchcliffe last week:

When reached by email Wednesday evening, the superintendent’s spokesman, Graham Wilson, released the following statement: “We do not know where the text message came from. We are conducting an investigation to try to find out.”

Wilson later sent a more detailed response:

“First, to ensure that blogger-conspiracies do not pass for actual news, DPI does not conduct surveillance of employees’ devices.

Second, this is still an ongoing investigation.

According to a former DPI employee, a printed copy of the text messages was slid under the office door, with no indication who did so.

That text message he is referring to is the now famous Exhibit C from the current iStation debacle that lasted all of last week.


Slid under the office door? That’s how Mark Johnson got this? And that quip about “blogger conspiracies” was in reference to Justin Parmenter’s work based on actual investigative work which names real people with real documents with real actions and real logic.

Of course, Mr. Wilson gives us the “slid under the office door” explanation. Now the question is who slid it under that unidentified office door? Here are some theories:

The “Deep State”

Remember all of that talk about the Deep State that Mark Johnson alluded to when he made his announcement to run for LT. Governor?


Maybe that “Deep State” is powerful enough to produce a mysterious paper with text messages on it and then slide it under a door? Apparently, they are that powerful.

Spies & Ninjas

Remember when DPI was reorganized two summers ago?

Below is what it was prior to the new reorganization.


This is what it looks like now.


Now just take a look at what Mark Johnson said in a recent radio interview about how his office received Exhibit C. (Again from Parmenter’s fantastic blog, Notes From the Chalkboard):

In the interview, Johnson mockingly referred to “my elite squad of ninjas” and “my DPI Spy Team.”

Maybe, we should make a new flowchart of DPI?


Other Powerful Delivery Experts

Think about it. All of those “suspects” are known for what they do for ONE SPECIFIC DAY (except maybe leprechauns – but there are a lot of them, right?). It doesn’t mean that they aren’t working those other 364 days.

And they seem to know everyone’s address.

Deus Ex Machina

From literary-devices.com:

Deus ex Machina is a rather debatable and often criticized form of literary device. It refers to the incidence where an implausible concept or character is brought into the story in order to make the conflict in the story resolve and to bring about a pleasing solution. The use of Deus ex Machina is not recommended as it is seen to be the mark of a poor plot that the writer needs to resort to random, insupportable and unbelievable twists and turns to reach the end of the story.

Well, considering the drama that has become Mark Johnson’s tenure at DPI and the absolute fiction he seems to create on a daily basis, this use of a dubious literary device seems fitting.

Or maybe, just maybe…

Exhibit C did not just magically appear under someone’s door as claimed by Mr. Wilson.