Police have tapped into disturbing details behind the man involved in the "doxxing" plot to release confidential information about lawmakers.
Jackson Cosko was arrested Oct. 3 and now faces several charges, including second-degree burglary, witness tampering, interstate theft, computer fraud and ID theft. All characterized as "doxxing", a plan to post private information about lawmakers. Authorities say Cosko likely acquired personal information and had the opportunity to mail it to ... well, anyone, including himself.
Cosko is accused of releasing sensitive information on Wikipedia, about Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah. Plus, two other Republican senators. The time frame? During the Sept. 27 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for now SCOTUS justice Brett Kavanaugh. Lee may not be the only one whose records were released.
It was when a Republican senator who snooped out Cosko that Cosko then changed the information on Wikipedia to say:
"He dares call for an investigation of ME?!?!?! ... I am a Golden God! ... we are malicious and hostile."
However, he didn't stop there.
He's also accused of publishing a fifth senator's personal information on a Wikipedia page.
Cosko worked in Hassan's office from Jan. 2017 to May 2018 as "legislative correspondent and systems administrator." That's according to a since deleted archived copy of his LinkedIn page.
According to court records, the next day, someone from Sen. Maggie Hassan's office, caught Cosko using a computer illegally with stolen credentials.
Soon after he was caught, afraid to be reported, Cosko threatened to leak all the information he'd allegedly stolen about senators and their children including emails, signal conversations, gmails. Cosko also threatened to release the Senators' children's information including social security numbers.
Earlier this year, Cosko was then forced to resign his post with Hassan's office.
At this point, authorities believe Cosko operated entirely on his own.
When he was arrested, Cosko was working an unpaid internship for Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas.
Lee held a press conference the day after Cosco was arrested:
Lee hasn't commented about Cosko who worked for her 38 days. He answered phones and drafted letters to other members of lawmakers.
Tuesday, a U.S. District Court Judge named Deborah Robinson denied Cosko bail until he goes on trial because he's considered a danger to the public.