Anna Mehler Paperny and Jill Mahoney
Globe and Mail Update
Published on Tuesday, Jun. 22, 2010 10:30PM EDT
Last updated on Wednesday, Jun. 23, 2010 10:42PM EDT
.The Toronto man facing weapons, explosives and intimidation-related charges in connection with the G20 summit had hoped to turn the surveillance tables on summit security forces, monitor police chatter and broadcast it on Twitter, says a man involved with the University of Toronto’s Surveillance Club.
Byron Sonne showed up at a Surveillance Club meeting on May 5, said Jesse Hirsh, a Toronto broadcaster and Internet activist. The academic group had gathered in a basement at Queen Street West and Ossington Avenue to discuss G20 surveillance. Mr. Sonne, who is not a member but heard about the meeting through HackLab TO, came to give a presentation, Mr. Hirsh said.
Mr. Sonne, 37, was arrested after police executed a search warrant at his tony Forest Hill home on Tuesday. He is charged with a series of charges, including intimidation of justice system participant by threat and intimidation of justice system participant by watch and beset. He also faces charges of mischief, dangerous weapons and possessing explosives for unlawful purposes.
Toronto Police have been tight-lipped about the investigation, although they said in a statement that the probe was part of the service’s “ongoing effort to ensure a safe and secure G20 Summit