Doyon, wearing his Anonymous mask, in Canada in 2012. Nate Anderson Last year, I traveled to Canada to write a long profile of “homeless hacker” Christopher Doyon, who goes by the name “Commander X” and who is on the run from the US government. (Doyon brought down a California county’s website for 30 minutes, with the help of Anonymous, as part of his protest over an “anti-sleeping” law targeting homeless people; he is under indictment in the Northern District of California and is the only known Anon who has jumped bail to live “in exile.”) Doyon’s life has been by turns bizarre and dramatic, but last week the online drama surrounding Anonymous proved too much even for him—and he quit.

Now, that’s saying something, because Doyon—as I mentioned—has his own flair for the dramatic.

Here, for instance, is how he sums up his work with both Anonymous and his own group, the People’s Liberation Front (PLF): I have been an activist for 30 years…

For 28 of those years I have been what some call a “hactivist,” and in the past 5 years I have been a part of the amazing idea called Anonymous. In fact, during these past 5 years I have dedicated an average of 10 hours a day to cyber-activism within the context of the PLF and Anonymous.

In the course of these events, the persona of “Commander X” has developed and expanded to almost mythic proportions. In a sense the “Commander X” persona has become a bit like Batman, a sort of cyber-super hero. But like Batman, the impossible persona of “Commander X” rests upon the shoulders of a simple man.

And like all men, I have frailties, weaknesses—and limits.

In the past few years, in order to support this “Commmander X” persona I have sacrificed my family, my freedom, my home—and even my country. I will never regain these, I will die as a man without a family or country. I will die alone in a foreign land, my ashes spread across a foreign forest. I have no regrets in this regard, “Commander X” made a difference—he saved lives and inspired thousands to join this critical fight for the very soul of humanity. The soul of humanity will have to do without his help, though; Doyon has simply had his will to hack trolled out of him. On two of his Twitter accounts, Doyon detailed the final indignity, some sort of attack on his websites:     

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