Thursday, June 30 2016

'Hacktivists' discover BNP links to American far-right

The ‘hactivist group’ Anonymous have revealed that the BNP have links to American extremist group the American Third Position, a far-right white supremacist party which was founded in 2010.

From The Guardian:
“Hacked emails from a far-right group appear to reveal links with the BNP, after the group of American "hactivists" Anonymous targeted a number of US extremists' websites.
“The group infiltrated the site of American Third Position, a white nationalist political group, in a campaign ironically dubbed "Operation Blitzkrieg", publishing emails in which it praised the BNP leader, Nick Griffin.
“In one January 2010 email from "WhiteNewsNow" with the subject "Your Beautiful Pontoon Bridge", Griffin is described as "probably the most effective white activist in the world today".
"The links between the two groups appear to be current. Former BNP leadership contender Andrew Brons is mentioned in an email titled "minutes for leadership phone conference January 7, 2012".
"It states: "Next Meeting: Andrew Brons, Member of European Parliament and no. 2 in BNP, will be joining our phone conference. He has expressed enthusiasm about Merlin's [Merlin Miller, the party's nominee for the 2012 presidential election] presidential campaign. We must be prepared ahead of time by subject matter, questions and inquiring director."
"A spokesman for the BNP could not confirm or deny whether the party had links or was in contact with American Third Position. "We don't know if [Andrew Brons] had contact with them over the phone. If he did we don't see what the issue is, he's a popular MEP. If he spoke to them he's been elected to speak to people and share ideas, we speak to everyone including Muslim groups."
"Anonymous – a collective of hackers without any centralised authority – published thousands of personal emails, forum messages and personal details of members under the banner "Good Night, White Pride".
I"n a statement, the hackers denounced American Third Position as "racist losers" who "try hard to maintain a professional public image to camouflage their vile racism [...] we're now airing all their dirty laundry all over the internet."
This is not the first time that British far right groups have been found to be linked with far right groups across the Atlantic. In 2010 it was revealed that the English Defence League has been establishing links with the American Tea Party movement. The leader of the group, Stop the Islamisation of America, Pamela Geller, is a strong admirer of the EDL, and has encouraged the Stop the Islamisation of Europe movement on the continent.

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