Facebook is harassing me, claimant Paul Ceglia says
Paul Ceglia is accusing Facebook of orchestrating a campaign of harassment.
The New York state man who claims he's entitled to half of Mark Zuckerberg's multibillion-dollar stake in Facebook told his hometown newspaper that he has moved to Ireland to escape that campaign and dedicate himself to working on a personal project: a combination refrigerator and stove for developing nations.
Ceglia told the Daily Reporter that leaving the country was his best option even though the next hearing in his lawsuit against Facebook in federal court in Buffalo, N.Y., is next week.
"As you know Zuckerberg has seemingly stopped at nothing to try to slander me during this case so far and part of that has been their use of private investigators not just to investigate me, but far beyond that to harass me and my family daily," Ceglia wrote in the email. "From waking up to discover people hiding in (a) back field with binoculars, to being followed day-in and day-out by these guys, to coming home and finding a back window open that I know I personally locked causes what I can only say borders on paranoia and I refuse to let the bad guys win through intimidation tactics."
He says he's working on a prototype of "a refrigerator/cookstove for use in developing nations, something that could really contribute to sanitation, slow deforestation and dramatically reduce second hand smoke exposure in children, issues that often [plague] impoverished nations like Haiti and Somalia. By combining a wood cookstove design that concentrates its heat onto a small cooking area and by using the heat again on the way out, it can actually generate enough cooling to freeze food. As funny as that sounds to use heat to freeze, it works, and the time here has let me refine the design and begin to build the prototype."
Ceglia said he moved his family to Ireland to build the prototype and show his kids the castles he grew up playing in. Ceglia, whose mother is Irish, lived in Ireland for six years while he was growing up. But he pledged to return to Wellsville.
"I was born in Wellsville and while I hope to be buried a hundred years from now in the cemetery I helped to start outside of Ithaca, they will no doubt have to drive me from Wellsville because I love the town."
That love doesn't seem to be reciprocated, according to this unflattering profile.
Ceglia took issue with the reporting in the Buffalo News.
"Even though the Buffalo News didn't bother to find them, many of my friends are there and when I win this case and finally prove who the liar is, I plan to do a lot for Wellsville," Ceglia wrote. "At the top of my list right now is a Boys and Girls Club of America."
He also took another jab at Facebook.
"Unlike Zuckerberg, I'm not going to break a court order by discussing the facts but what I can say is you'll notice they aren't saying they found a smoking gun during the forensic testing of the actual contract, in fact they don't mention it at all, so with all those experts and lawyers they had just a few weeks ago calling the contract an amateurish forgery and all they needed to end the case was to test it ... now suddenly they don't mention it at all, try to take everyone's attention to digital forensics and the so called journalists don't bother reading between the lines.
"It makes you wonder," Ceglia added.
A Facebook spokesman declined to comment.
-- Jessica Guynn
Photo: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Credit: Tony Avelar / Bloomberg News