(Reuters) – Reuters reporter Joseph Menn revealed exclusively on Friday that Democratic presidential candidate Beto O & # 39; Rourke belonged to one of the most famous groups of computer hackers as a teenager.
Within minutes his special report was the most popular story on Reuters.com here and was retrieved by other news. But the origin of history goes back more than two years.
Members of the group, who call themselves the Cult of the Dead Cow, protected Rourke's secret for decades, reluctant to compromise the former Texas Congressman's political career.
After more than one year's reporting, Men O & # 39; persuaded Rourke to talk on the record. In an interview at the end of 201
In an interview with Reuters senior producer Jane Lee, Men explains how he broke the story and got O & # 39; Rourke open for his chopping days.
"I decided to write a book about the Cult of the Dead Cow because they were the most interesting and influential hacking group in history. They illustrated many things that I find fascinating about hacking and security work.
" When I looked at the Cult of the Dead Cow I discovered that they had a member sitting in the congress. I didn't know anything. But I knew they had a congressional member.
"And then I figured out which one it was. And the members of the group would not talk to me about who it was. They would not confirm that it was this person unless I promised I would not write about it until after the November election, because the congressman had decided to run to the Senate, Beto O & # 39; Rourke is who it was.
"I met Beto O & # 39; Rourke. I said "I'm writing a book about the Cult of the Dead Cow, I think it's very interesting. I know you were in this group. This book will post after November and your senate race is over. And he said," OK. "
" And he told us about his time in the cult of death. "
But explains more about the story on Twitter @josephmenn twitter.com/josephmenn  Reporting Jane Lee in San Francisco; Editing by Bill Rigby and Ben Kellerman