I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE. THE FALSE ASSUMPTIONS REPEATED BY THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS EATING AT MY BRAIN.
It all started with the Ottawa Citizen, and it is spreading like a mindless virus designed to kill intelligence!!!!!
What do we know with a high degree of certainty? That the Ottawa Citizen managed to get someone with access to the mailbox (firstname.lastname@example.org) associated with the @vikileaks30 twitter account to click a link. This link went to a website the Ottawa Citizen controlled and they were able to capture the IP address used to connect to the link.
This is where things start to go down hill...
The IP address used is one of a block of IP addresses where the "House of Commons" is in the "Who Is" record for that IP block. The actual registrant is the "Government of Canada/Gouvernement du Canada".
What does that mean exactly? It means that the Government of Canada owns a range of IP addresses, and has assigned them purportedly (though not necessarily exclusively) to be used by Parliament. Does this mean that all of those IPs are actively being used within the "House Of Commons"? No it does not. Other than common sense, how do I know this? I can prove it. The website for the Parliament of Canada, http://parl.gc.ca resolves to one of these IP addresses: 18.104.22.168
According to the logic circulating out there "an Ottawa Citizen investigation traced the Twitter account to a House of Commons IP address...All the services identified the address as belonging to the Government of Canada — and specifically the House of Commons." the server or servers hosting this website are somewhere in the House of Commons. Under John Baird's seat maybe? In the Prime Minister's office? No. These servers will be in one of the data centres hosting servers and services for the Government of Canada. The way networks can extend for thousands of kilometers, that data centre could be in Prince George, British Columbia for all we know.
Unless someone is willing to share a detailed Government of Canada network diagram, we have absolutely no clue where a computer behind any IP address physically resides. It literally can be anywhere in the world where telecommunication networks extend to. Just because the IP "Who is" record says "House Of Commons", it does not restrict or require that those IP addresses only be used within the "House of Commons". It is entirely possible that the computer that connected to that twitter account was also in another city in this vast country of ours. How can someone do work for the Parliament of Canada and be in say, Canmore Alberta? It is called "tele-commuting."
Next is the even worse tripe also constantly being repeated: "The Citizen found the IP address was also used to update Wikipedia articles often giving them what appears to be a pro-NDP bias, actions that have attracted the attention of numerous Internet observers in recent months."
Any private entity that manages a large private network will share public IP addresses with hundreds, or even thousands of computers. This is called Network Address Translation, or NAT for short. If private entities didn't use NAT (specifically "Hide Mode Nat"), the world would have run out of IPv4 addresses about a decade ago. I can guarantee you that at any given moment that IP address the Ottawa Citizen recorded is being used right now by several hundred devices. Simultaneously.
The only thing we know about this IP address is the following:
1) It is owned by the Government of Canada
2) It can be used by anyone in the employ of, contracted to do services for, or is a guest of the Government of Canada
That's it. We don't know anything else. Anything more than that is rampant speculation.