The FBI has arrested an active member of the violent neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen. The man is accused of involvement in an operation against hundreds of targets, including journalists and Facebook executives. John William Kirby Kelley was arrested after class for allegedly making threats on an IRC channel, helping to record white supremacist content, and then making a bomb threat, according to reports.
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The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) filed a complaint late last week and the man was arrested and appeared in court on January 10. He was charged with conspiracy to spread threats, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. The attorney representing the company did not comment on the allegations, according to the Washington Post.
The FBI opened an investigation into Kelley in late 2018 after an anonymous bomb and shooting threat at Old Dominion University in Virginia, according to the indictment. Behind the scenes were a number of serious incidents, including the creation of a chat channel called Deadnet IRC.
Prosecutors also believe Kelley is linked to Doxbin, a website that stores sensitive personal information about journalists, federal judges, business executives and other potential victims.
As Krebs has previously reported, the organizations behind Doxbin and Deadnet IRC have launched attacks on Facebook executives, and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard G. Pitts Jr. has been labeled “anti-white.”
Other details include one member who admitted to making bomb threats during a speech at Milo Yiannopoulos University and another who maintained a website for neo-Nazi James Mason.
James Mason had advised Atomwafen, but three members of the organization are currently on trial for five murders.
Even with the car ahead, Kelley himself seems rather careless. He calls the police through a phone registered at the university, allowing officers to match his voice to anonymous callers.
Shortly after, Kelley logged into Deadnet IRC and discussed new targets, with other members clearly confirming the bomb threat against learning. As a result, he also kept The Deadnet IRC log and related videos on his bodyand and was seized by police during a search operation in his dormitory.