Police may have watched Gawker editor watch alleged Rob Ford crack tape
As the editor Gawker hunched over a cell phone screen to watch a video of Mayor Rob Ford smoking what looks to be crack from a glass pipe, police may have been watching him.
The Toronto Star has revealed Mohamed Siad, the man allegedly peddling the footage, was under police surveillance around the time when he is believed to have met with John Cook.
The Star says police were tailing Siad on May 14th, believing he was about to sell a gun. The chronology of police actions that afternoon seem to match Cook's timeline for the day.
Cook now believes it was Mohamed Siad who played the 90 second clip for him in a car at a Dixon Rd highrise. Two Star reporters say they saw the same video a couple weeks earlier.
He admits the experience was "a little unnerving" and that Toronto Police may have been watching the meeting "is rather comforting in retrospect."
The Star reports that at some point, officers watching the meeting discovered Siad was selling not a gun, but a cell phone and called off the surveillance.
It isn't clear how police learned there was no gun for sale. Cook is convinced cops were listening in on cell phone calls between a man who drove him to the apartment building and Siad.
The Star also revealed Thursday that police considered the address where Rob Ford was infamously photographed with suspected gang members to be a drug house.
The Windsor Rd house is home to Fabio Basso, a reported friend of the mayor's. Basso's sister, Elena Johnson, a convicted drug trafficker lives there too. The house is owned by the siblings' mother.
The Star says police watched Siad and other men visit the Basso home a number of times in the month of April.
In June, more than 40 people were arrested in raids as part of Project Traveller, a guns and drugs operation.