I’ve been having an ongoing discussion with Steve Baughman on and off YouTube for over a week regarding claims he’s made in this video about the currently unfolding scandal facing Ravi and RZIM. He built this site as a platform from which to launch his assaults against Ravi.
He seems to set great store in the veracity of some images of some alleged emails he’s been sent. Words like ‘proof’ and ‘undeniable’ and similar have floated around. My explanation that images are absolutely no proof whatsoever and may be forged by someone with little or no talent, and that the only ‘proof’ one may have that an email is authentic is to have in one’s possession an email with full and unaltered headers that a digital forensics person can then back-trace through server logs to confirm that this email from this email address to this email address traversed these ‘hops’, servers in a chain from the originating point A to the destination point B.
I kept promising to show him how easy it is to forge an “image” of an email to say whatever you want it to say. More difficult today, is the ability to use unsecure servers to ‘spoof’, or assume a false identity and send a message, but this is still possible and is exposed quickly by forensic analysis.
Using one of the images he provided, I placed his original on the left, my ‘forgery’ in the center, and an explanation of my efforts on the right-hand side. In doing so I discovered what look to be evidences of a very sloppy and inexpert forgery. Steve and his colleagues have attempted to give explanation for these, but nothing strong enough for me to warrant the possibility that there could be legitimate explanation (I used more definite language in the image).