SEATTLE — Federal prosecutors have billed a person whom they described as a previous white-supremacist leader with harassing journalists, a Cabinet formal, a university and a church by contacting the law enforcement and reporting false threats.
The prices, announced on Wednesday in Virginia from the man, John Cameron Denton, 26, are component of a broader current crackdown by federal law enforcement on violent white supremacists in the United States. Extra arrests were expected to be introduced later Wednesday in Seattle in what prosecutors explained as a “violent extremist investigation.”
Courtroom files describe Mr. Denton as a former chief in the Atomwaffen Division, a small paramilitary neo-Nazi group. Prosecutors accuse him of harassment by means of “swatting,” in which a person phone calls the law enforcement and falsely describes an imminent threat at a unique place, leading to the authorities to answer in force.
In just one case, prosecutors stated Mr. Denton’s swatting initiatives specific an investigative journalist at ProPublica mainly because he was offended that the news firm had named him while reporting on the Atomwaffen Division.
In other circumstances in 2018 and 2019, prosecutors mentioned, Mr. Denton and others positioned swatting calls that specific Previous Dominion University, Alfred Avenue Baptist Church and an unnamed Cupboard formal who the authorities reported was below Secret Provider security. Previous month, prosecutors claimed, Mr. Denton met with an undercover F.B.I. agent and described his efforts.
“Denton reported that if he was ‘raided’ for swatting ProPublica then it would be very good for Atomwaffen Division simply because the swatting would be noticed as a best-tier crime,” Jonathan Myles Lund, an F.B.I. agent, wrote in an affidavit. The affidavit named 134 different legislation enforcement agencies that investigators consider had been portion of the swatting calls produced by Mr. Denton and some others.
Federal investigators have been more and more scrutinizing those who have been included in the Atomwaffen Division, which has been connected to a series of killings. Late previous year, authorities in King County, Wash., charged Kaleb James Cole with illegal possession of a gun just after he was stopped by the law enforcement in Texas. Previously, authorities in Washington State had sought to just take absent Mr. Cole’s guns below a “red flag” regulation that lets a court to clear away weapons from someone who is considered a risk. Mr. Cole was accused of getting a chief of Atomwaffen’s chapter in Washington.
A further member of Atomwaffen, Aiden Bruce-Umbaugh, who was touring with Mr. Cole in Texas, pleaded guilty earlier this thirty day period to possession of a firearm and ammunition by a prohibited particular person. Mr. Bruce-Umbaugh is also from Washington.
Very last month, F.B.I. agents and community authorities arrested 7 suspected customers of the Base, a further neo-Nazi group that aspires to ignite broader violence that would direct to the development of a white ethno-condition. The group’s leader operates from Russia. The investigation into the Foundation is deemed one particular of the agency’s most significant domestic terrorism cases.