The question arises: was Mr Popoola responsible for the original ‘forensic linguistic’ analyses published by Hampstead Research last spring? Our team has just begun digging, but at first glance it looks as though the relationship between Mr Popoola and Hoaxtead goes back at least to early April:
Certainly by mid-May, the relationship was sufficiently established that Charlotte Ward and Jacco de Boer were able to put out a video on the topic:
This video, uploaded 20 May, was posted 2 May on Before It’s News. It follows on the heels of posts in which Charlotte insists that the police officer conducting the interview was using ‘secret Satanic signs’ to instruct the children as to what they ought to say.
So it would appear that Mr Popoola’s ‘academic paper’ originated as a volunteer gig with Hoaxtead; at some point, perhaps, he decided to make some academic hay from it, and submitted it to a conference.
(There’s an interesting parallel here: prior to her Hoaxtead career, Charlotte Ward co-authored an ‘academic paper’ on her then-pet topic, ‘conspirituality’, which she and Dr David Voas submitted to a conference on contemporary religion. It would appear that this experience whetted Charlotte’s appetite for academic fame, as she spent a couple of years hawking the paper around, and defending it against those who claimed it was crap. Which, by the way, it was. As if we needed to say it.)
Interestingly, the relationship between Sabine and Mr Popoola seems to have soured by early August, when we find this post on his HappenstanceRadio page: