We're saddened to announce the death of a great friend, talented writer,
and community activist. Jack Biello was a key voice in the
Free Kevin movement whose words reached many through the
freekevin.com and kevinmitnick.com websites. He was instrumental in helping Mitnick
adjust to life after prison, assisting him in writing speeches and
articles, as well as preparing testimony in front of a Senate subcommittee
in 2000. He also served as a liaison with members of the press during the Mitnick affair.
Biello, 47, died Wednesday after being stricken with colon cancer.
He was recently married and lived in New York City. He is survived by his wife, his parents, two brothers, and a sister. Biello worked as
a Macintosh computer consultant and was an active writer.
In addition to the Mitnick campaign, Biello was more recently
involved in the movement to save community radio station WBAI
from being co-opted by hostile forces. He was a plaintiff in the Pacifica listeners' lawsuit, the threat of which eventually helped to rescue the network.
Biello was often a voice of reason and of comfort when things
didn't seem to be working out. "Here's what I tell myself, and others
who are beating themselves up when things don't seem to be going
right," he once said. "There are plenty of people out there who
are more than willing to criticize and condemn me and what I do;
I've GOT to think kindly of myself and my actions, or else I'm just
one of the crowd...."
Friends described Biello as a committed vegetarian and animal lover. Some gatherings in his honor will take place in New York in the days ahead. His ashes will be spread in New Mexico in August.