In a story of espionage worthy of a best-seller pulp novel, "Jones" reportedly infiltrated PETA's Action Team, giving false information, such as two different addresses, one of which does not exist. "The second, a post office box in San Diego, was registered to Ric Marcelino, director of security at SeaWorld San Diego," PETA said Tuesday in a statement provided to The Dodo:
McComb has repeatedly tried to incite animal advocates to act illegally, stating that it's time for SeaWorld protesters to "get a little aggressive," to engage in "direct action," to "grab your pitch forks [sic] and torches," and to blow horns outside the homes of SeaWorld vice presidents at night. He also organized a "direct action" protest-advertising it as "more exciting than just holding signs"-only to fail to appear at the demonstration.
According to PETA's investigation, "Jones" asked for information about protests against SeaWorld and even got arrested during a 2014 demonstration. An activist named Hal Weiss, who sat in the same police van as "Jones," confirmed to Bloomberg that "Jones" was the same man as McComb. But after his arrest, "Jones" simply vanished, and his name never appeared on arrest sheets.