U.S. prosecutors have charged a former neo-Nazi leader with harassing journalists, a Cabinet official, a university and a church by swatting them — falsely reporting them to police as imminent threats and causing authorities to respond in force
Prosecutors accused a former leader in the white-supremacist group Atomwaffen Division of targeting ProPublica and others by reporting them to the police as threats.
2:06 p.m. ETSEATTLE — Federal prosecutors have charged a man whom they described as a former white-supremacist leader with harassing journalists, a Cabinet official, a university and a church by calling the police and reporting false threats.The charges, announced on Wednesday in Virginia against the man, John Cameron Denton, 26, are part of a broader recent crackdown by federal law enforcement on violent white supremacists in the United States. More arrests were expected to be announced later Wednesday in Seattle in what prosecutors described as a “violent extremist investigation.”
Court documents describe Mr. Denton as a former leader in theAtomwaffen Division, a small paramilitary neo-Nazi group. Prosecutors accuse him of harassment through “swatting,” in which someone calls the police and falsely describes an imminent threat at a specific location, causing the authorities to respond in force.
In one case, prosecutors said Mr. Denton’s swatting efforts targeted an investigative journalist at ProPublica because he was angry that the news organization had named himwhile reporting on the Atomwaffen Division.In other cases in 2018 and 2019, prosecutors said, Mr. Denton and others placed swatting calls that targeted Old Dominion University, Alfred Street Baptist Church and an unnamed Cabinet official who the authorities said was under Secret Service protection. Last month, prosecutors said, Mr. Denton met with an undercover F.B.I. agent and described his efforts.
“Denton said that if he was ‘raided’ for swatting ProPublica then it would be good for Atomwaffen Division because the swatting would be seen as a top-tier crime,” Jonathan Myles Lund, an F.B.I. agent, wrote in an affidavit. The affidavit named 134 different law enforcement agencies that investigators believe were part of the swatting calls made by Mr. Denton and others.
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