Although Anne would be the better person to post about this, as part of the Mod Squad I wanted to let you all know how this was handled behind the scenes. Anne was contacted by the reporter expressing an interest in highlighting the John and Amber story for an article on faked internet deaths. After verifying that he was a legitimate reporter, Anne communicated with him via email about how she viewed what happened. Obviously you can tell from the article that she didn't make any conclusions about what was real or fake because there wasn't (and isn't) hard and fast proof that it was or wasn't a hoax. Obviously he had access to all of the public threads on the topic and by Amber and John, so there was a lot of information that he had and chose not to use, i.e. that people had spoken via phone with "Amber", the photos posted, etc. For a newspaper article, he couldn't have possibly included everything...this could be a novel!
One thing that I do want to make sure that you all know is that Anne/we did not disclose anything that was told to us (any of us on staff) via private correspondence. We also did not give out any contact information for anyone on the site, including John/Amber. Privacy concern are and were in the forefront of our minds.
It's definitely good to get this sort of story out there for people to read about and understand so they too can be more vigilant about this sort of thing.