Activist claims to have already received and passed on important evidence to investigators and journalists

A handful of anonymous computer experts who say they can employ their technical skills to wage war on the mob have made headlines and raised eyebrows in equal measure.

Now one of the founders of the anonymous whistle-blowing Mafialeaks site, which aims to take on Italy’s feared mafia groups, has told The Independent what they hope to achieve and why they are feeling so confident.

The activist, who identified himself as Bobby, added that the site, which was inspired by Wikileaks, had already received and passed on important evidence to investigators and journalists. “We believe it can work. In fact, I can reveal to you now that it is already working,” he said.

He added that Mafialeaks aimed to significantly expand contacts with law enforcement agencies and media outlets by December. The central strategy is, of course, to shatter the thing that has shielded the mafia for decades – omerta or the code of silence.

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