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Top Story : Anonymous leaks identities of 350 alleged Ku Klux Klan members

Anonymous leaks identities of 350 alleged Ku Klux Klan members.

The Anonymous data leak coincided with worldwide protests mobilized by the
online ‘hacktivist’ group on Guy Fawkes day on 5 November. 

Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

The hacking collective Anonymous
has begun its promised leak of the identities of members of the Ku Klux Klan
with a data dump of the names of more than 350 alleged members along with links
to social media accounts. Many of the identities are already in the public domain.

Only one of the names listed in the file, on the anonymous sharing site
Pastebin, had a phone number attached. Fewer than five had email addresses. None
returned requests for comment.

Many in the release are already in the public eye, at least on social media.
The Twitter biography of one such Klan member, James Pratt, reads: “A veteran, a daddy,
a Klansman of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.”

Frank Ancona, whose name was included in the release as an imperial wizard of
the KKK’s Traditionalist American Knights (TAK), has made TV appearances as a representative of the group. Former leader David Duke is listed in the release; so is Don Black, the founder of the white supremacist site Stormfront.

In a post on Ancona’s Facebook page, Greg Ferrell – whose name is also in the Pastebin file – said he was not afraid of having his name released.

“I’m not ashamed of being associated with it TAK,” he wrote, “I’m proud to be
a KKK member of the TAK so let anonymous do their thing and f****** stupid bastards.”

Others are in the public eye because they have been in trouble with the law.
Frazier Glenn Miller, the founder of the Carolina Knights of the KKK, is in prison for
hate crimes. He murdered three people at Jewish sites in Kansas in 2014, and was
sentenced to death in September.

The Pastebin file contained some hints regarding FBI infiltration of the Klan. The list
itself was headed with the phrase “PROTIP: THE KKK ARE HEAVILY INFILTRATED BY

On the list, three names were listed alleging that they were “FBI
informants”. In July, one of them, Christopher Eugene Barker, was revealed as
an informant in a case about the construction of a radioactive ray gun to target
Muslims. The FBI did not respond to a request for comment on Friday morning.

Anonymous’ war with the KKK began during protests that followed the death of
Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri last year when a subgroup of the KKK –
Ancona’s TAK – disseminated leaflets threatening “lethal force” against
protesters. The Anonymous operation is now known as Operation KKK or,
alternatively, Operation Hoods Off.

In October, the hacktivist group said it would release the names of 1,000 KKK members on a date aimed to loosely coincide with the first anniversary of rioting that followed the Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Michael Brown. Anonymous later brought their release date forward to 5 November.

On Monday, a Twitter account claiming affiliation with Anonymous released a
separate list of names it said were Klan members, including several US senators
and local mayors. The list was quickly discredited, and the @Operation_KKK
account distanced itself from it.

Friday’s official release did not appear to mark the end of Anonymous’
operation. A tweet on Thursday from the @Operation_KKK account said the group
had held back some names for “further investigation”.

In an email sent before the data was dumped, a representative of Anonymous
told the Guardian: “We are trying to change our world. No further comment.”
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