Here is a quick update on the whole Street Fighter IV leaked picture situation.
The leaked images (which I will not link too), are from the upcoming 13-page Electronic Gaming Monthly preview for Street Fighter IV.
The site that received these "exclusive screens" claimed that it was sent in from an anonymous source. The site was a little site, called Blogeek.
The name of the site's owner is Douglas Pereira who wrote a letter to Kotaku this morning crying for help. "Ziff Davis is going after me. They're chasing me," he wrote in terror. He was probably terrified. Or was he?
Turns out that Douglas Pereira is an Electronic Gaming Monthly Brazil freelancer. He admitted to stealing the pictures off Ziff Davis media's own servers. EGM editor-in-chief Dan Hsu had the IP log trackback.
"Guys, maybe a little journalistic investigating before you blast us? How about talking to Ziff Davis to get the "full story"? This guy did not get the information from an "anonymous source." He's a freelancer for EGM Brazil who finally admitted to them that he did not have a source, but rather, stole the information from our servers (we have IP logs for this). He used his working relationship with EGM Brazil, stole a password, and took information from our story and posted it up before we could.
If one of Kotaku's freelancers stole a password to steal a scoop, would that be cool? I'd be OK with it if, indeed, he had a source that leaked the information (I stood up for Kotaku for that very act in last year's Sony debacle). But that's not what's happened. What he did was just outright illegal, irresponsible, and is not what journalists are supposed to do.
Please, next time, before blasting us...maybe get the other side of the story?"
Looks like that matter is cleared up.