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US Proud Boys Say Voter Intimidation Email Claims Are 'False Flag Operation'

09:35  22 october  2020
09:35  22 october  2020 Source:   newsweek.com

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The email , which came from a spoofed address that appeared to belong to the Proud Boys , was reportedly sent to at least one Proud Boys chairman Enrique Tarrio is now working with the FBI in an attempt to find out who is behind the hoax. Speaking to the Gateway Pundit, Tarrio said , “I have never

The Proud Boys have dismissed reports that they have been threatening Democrats to vote for President Donald Trump in the upcoming election.

a man in a blue uniform holding a gun: Armed members of the far-right Proud Boys groups stand guard during a memorial for Patriot Prayer member Aaron Jay Danielson on September 5, 2020 in Vancouver, Washington. The group have dismissed reports that they have been threatening Democrats to vote for President Donald Trump in the upcoming election. © Nathan Howard/Getty Armed members of the far-right Proud Boys groups stand guard during a memorial for Patriot Prayer member Aaron Jay Danielson on September 5, 2020 in Vancouver, Washington. The group have dismissed reports that they have been threatening Democrats to vote for President Donald Trump in the upcoming election.

Several law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, are examining claims that threats were sent from an email with the address "info@officialproudboys.com."

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The emails warned Florida residents to "vote for Trump on Election Day or we will come after you." "These types of email campaigns are unfortunately trivial to execute for anyone with an internet Enrique Tarrio, a Proud Boy leader, said Tuesday that the group wasn't involved, and that he didn't

The voter intimidation operation apparently used email addresses obtained from state voter registration lists, which include party affiliation and home addresses and can include email addresses and phone numbers. Those addresses were then used in an apparently widespread targeted

According to Florida Today, the email reads: "Hi [name]. We are in possession of all your information You are currently registered as a Democrat and we know this because we have gained access into the entire voting infrastructure.

"You will vote for Trump on Election Day or we will come after you. Change your party affiliation to Republican to let us know you received our message and will comply. We will know which candidate you voted for. I would take this seriously if I were you."

The emails reportedly end with the receiver's home address at the bottom.

Responding to the reports, the Proud Boys' Seattle Chapter posted a message on the encrypted messaging app Telegram dismissing suggestions there were behind the emails or the website it are connected to.

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The voter - intimidation operation apparently used email addresses obtained from state voter registration lists, which include party affiliation and home addresses and can include email addresses and phone numbers. Those addresses were then used in an apparently widespread targeted

"Recruitment by Proud Boys and others is under way." 1/ Let's be clear - Trump had a goal last night to get his right wing, white supremacists to organize an election day intimidation Let's be clear: The Proud Boys are white supremacists.Racism and hate are not forms of patriotism.The power is yours.

"This website is in no way connected with the Proud Boys. This email address is also in no way connected with the Proud Boys," the message read.

"This is a false flag operation and a larp being carried out by someone who is soon to be exposed and likely to suffer legal consequences for these actions."

Joe Biggs, a rally organizer for Proud Boys and one of their leading members, also described the allegations as "such BS" while sharing a link on social network site Parler saying the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections are also investigating the emails.

"We don't do that, none of this stuff even is remotely attached to us. It will be funny when it goes straight back to the b***h who's making this all up," Biggs wrote.

"More desperation from the left to attack good men who stand up against evil."

Proud Boy Chairman Enrique Tarrio said he will be contacted the FBI about the "bold face lie."

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Mr Ratcliffe said Iran's "spoof emails " claimed to be sent by the Proud Boys in order to " intimidate voters , incite unrest and He added that the voter data could be used in attempts to "communicate false information to registered voters that they hope will sow confusion chaos and undermine your

The most commonly known false flag operations consist of a government agency staging a terror I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. Others say it was caused by a spontaneous coal bunker fire that reached the ammunition magazines.

"Spoke with Kim Barton supervisor of elections in Alachua county. I will be assisting the FBI in finding who is spoofing our email and intimidating voters," Tarrio wrote on Parler. "I won't be surprised if it's some type of left wing ploy."

The Brevard County Sheriff's Office in Florida is another agency who say they are investigating the emails.

In a statement, Sheriff Wayne Ivey said that while the emails originated from outside the U.S. and are "not considered a valid threat" they were still sent with a "morally corrupt agenda."

Voter intimidation is a federal offense and those found guilty can face to up to one year in jail.

Ivey added: "Please do not allow this or any other action by anyone to intimidate or dissuade you from your right as an American to cast your ballot for the candidate(s) of your choosing during early voting or on Election Day."

As noted by Vice's Motherboard, the emails are believed to have been sent from an email hoster in Estonia, or at least made to look like they had been.

WUFT also reported that the emails were made to appear like they were sent from a computer server associated with the officialproudboys.com internet address.

While the address was created in March 2017, control over it changed Monday night before going offline entirely by Tuesday afternoon.

The FBI have been contacted for comment.

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