Hacktivist group Anonymous has released evidence they claim links the Ku Klux Klan to the Ferguson police department and officer Darren Wilson as the country waits on pins and needles for the final decision by a Missouri grand jury investigating the shooting death of Michael Brown.
According to Anonymous, several days ago, the South East Missouri Chapter of the KKK known as TAKKKK distributed flyers in Ferguson, MO making lethal threats toward activists on the ground.
In response, several activists asked Anonymous to launch #OpKKK. Local Anons in the St Louis and Ferguson area then launched #HoodsOff as a way to identify Klan members who might try to embed themselves within the protester community. After identifying multiple members of TAKKKK, Anonymous discovered that 3 of the highest ranking members were present at a Darren Wilson rally in Imperial, MO, that had previously been rumored to be organized by the Klan.
At the time of the rally, both The Klan, and the organization known as “We Support Darren Wilson” denied this claim, and it was then dropped. But, after several identities of TAKKKK members were posted online, the “We Support Darren Wilson” group removed multiple photos from social media that where taken at the rally. Those photos where removed from social media BEFORE Anonymous made public their findings. According to Anonymous, this made them suspicious, and they continued to search for the Darren Wilson/TAKKKK connection.
Anonymous reports that the circumstantial links between Wilson and the KKK were beginning to mount when they suddenly received a tip. A source came forward claiming they had information that would link Frank Ancona, the head of TAKKKK, to Wilson and the events unfolding in Ferguson. After multiple conversations with that informant,Anonymous reports they were able to confirm this person was not connected to Darren Wilson, but instead had direct ties to his girlfriend, Ferguson Police Officer Barbara Spradling.
Anonymous reports that they were so focused on Darren Wilson himself that they overlooked the fact that Officer Spradling was from the Imperial, MO area where Ancona had co-organized the fundraiser for Darren Wilson.
While Anonymous was working to verify this new information, the global collective of Anonymous joined in on #OpKKK, taking this operation to the next level, taking multiple Klan websites off line, and taking over the national KKK Twitter page. #OpKKK then began to gain worldwide media attention and they began receiving death threats from Ancona and other members of TAKKKK.
Then, early Wednesday morning Anonymous reports they received an email from their informant that read:
“This has gotten out of control. They want to kill you. And after you release this information, they will want to kill me. I am scared for my life right now. I am begging you to please do not release the information that I gave. I’m afraid that because the information I provided is so specific, that it will definitely be traced back to me, and I will be in danger. I am a long time supporter of Anonymous, and have trusted you with my identity. Now I feel my life is in your hands. I’m begging you please. I have a family to think of.”
Anonymous reports that at this point all of involved resources were immediately notified of this development and they spent most of the day Thursday discussing the situation and developing a strategy moving forwards. Anonymous adds that their primary concern at this point was to determine how, exactly, to handle the above-noted plea from their informant/whistle-blower.
Ultimately, Anonymous decided to try and take another look at all the information they had received so far to see if there was any way they could connect all the dots.Unfortunately, they were unsuccessful in that endeavor and after after considerable deliberation decided that as important as their inside information was, they were not willing to knowingly endanger the life of any individual – namely their informant.
Further, in this particular instance, the information obtained from their informant was detailed enough that it likely could lead to the exposure of that individual if released in its entirety to the general public. So the decision was made to hold onto this information until such time as Anonymous could connect all the bits and pieces themselves without putting innocent lives at risk.
Anonymous reports they are confident that as their continue their efforts to expose members of the terrorist organization TAKKKK that they will “no doubt connect them to Ferguson Law enforcement” on their own. Ex TAKKKK member Henry Harrell has come forward stating ” I know for a fact that the TAKKKK had a lot to do with what went on in Ferguson,” adding that certain members of law enforcement in the area are silent members of a group within TAKKKK known as the “Ghoul Squad.” He also claims that recently the recently deceased Leadwood, MO Police Chief was a TAKKKK member. Anonymous added that they know for a fact that Ancona was called in to Ferguson by Ghoul Squad members employed by both the Ferguson and St Louis County police departments.
Anonymous concluded their message by noting:
“We will continue our efforts to expose all law enforcement affiliated with TAKKKK, while at the same time protecting activists on the ground in Ferguson fighting for justice. Furthermore, the global collective of Anonymous promises to continue it’s war on the terrorist group known as the KKK.”
You can watch the message, and a special h/t to our friends at The Free Thought Project.