Earlier this week lists of alleged Ku Klux Klan members surfaced online and were attributed to the hacker collective known as Anonymous. One list in particular, which was easily discredited, named a number of prominent American politicians, including members of the U.S. Senate.
Soon afterward, Anonymous distanced itself from the lists, claiming its release would not be made until November 5th.
“The anons at the helm of this initiative vouch ONLY for the dox list that will be released from this Twitter account on November 5 2015,” the group tweeted. ”[W]e are unable to confirm, deny or take credit for any work that we did not do.“
Yesterday, the group made good on its word.
However, rather than releasing information on 1,000 Klan members, the group released info on 350, claiming that some names were held back for "further investigation.”
And as the Guardian points out, many of the names on the list were already well-known Klan members, including at least one FBI informant who had been previously outed as a Klan member in the media. Former Klan leader David Duke, who once ran for president, was listed, as was Don Black, founder of the white supremacist site Stormfront. This list even included the name of a former Klan member who was recently sentenced to death for a 2014 shooting. So while the information is accurate, it’s not exactly surprising.
“I’m not ashamed of being associated with [Traditionalist American Knights],” Greg Ferrell, whose name was on the list, wrote on Facebook. “I’m proud to be a KKK member of the TAK so let anonymous do their thing and f######## stupid bastards.”
(Source: The Guardian)