FBI say disgraced journalist, familiar with ‘fabricating’ stories, is behind anti-Semitic bomb threats in revenge plot to frame ex-girlfriend
Juan Thompson aimed to ‘set up lover who dumped him’ after subjecting her to a vile Twitter hate campaign
Thompson allegedly made threats in the name of a woman from whom he split
Prosecutors say he threatened at least eight Jewish community centers, targeting approximately 100 Jewish centers in recent weeks
Thompson, 31, of St. Louis, Mo was arrested by the FBI on Thursday
The former journalist was fired from The Intercept for fabricating quotes and sources particularly in the Charleston church shooting by Dylan Roof
Charged in New York with cyberstalking his ex by ‘communicating threats to JCCs in the woman’s name’
Faces up to five years in federal prison
Juan Thompson has been charged by the feds with cyberstalking
Federal authorities have arrested a former journalist from St. Louis, Missouri for making a number of threats against Jewish institutions as part of a vicious internet campaign ‘to harass and intimidate,’ against a former lover.
Juan Thompson, 31, was arrested by the FBI in St. Louis on Thursday, on charges of making bomb threats against at least eight Jewish community centers, the US Attorney’s Office said.
Thompson is a former reporter at The Intercept who was fired from his job it was learned he had fabricated quotes and invented sources.
Thompson worked for the news website which focuses on national security, between November 2014-January 2016. They issued a statement distancing itself from the dismissed ex-employee, who was fired after claiming that he interviewed a nonexistent cousin of Charleston, S.C., church massacre shooter Dylan Roof.
The news site acknowledged last year that Thompson used fake email accounts to impersonate others.
He was also found to have attributed quotes to individuals in news stories even though those people later said they were never interviewed.
Thompson was charged in New York with cyberstalking a woman by ‘communicating threats to JCCs in the woman’s name.’
If convicted, he faces up to five years in federal prison.
FBI said Thompson, a disgraced former reporter from St. Louis is behind a number of threats made against Jewish institutions
Prosecutors said Thompson ‘appears to have made at least eight of the JCC threats as part of a sustained campaign to harass and intimidate’ the woman after they ended their relationship.
An estimated 100 Jewish community centers [JCCs] have been threatened in recent weeks, Jewish cemeteries have been vandalized and headstones knocked over.
On Monday, 21 bomb threats were phoned in to 13 Jewish Centers and eight Jewish schools in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia.
Thompson is also alleged to have sent ‘defamatory emails and faxes’ to the woman’s employer as well as ‘false reports of criminal activity’ by the woman.
In the gallery of defamatory tweets is this one that accuses the woman of being ‘a filthy anti-Semite’
The cyberstalker also sent ‘defamatory emails and faxes’ to the woman’s employer as well as ‘false reports of criminal activity’ by the woman. He launched a social media campaign creating the impression that his target was the person stalking him and trying to frame him
Fake bomb threat call ins: People are evacuated from the David Posnack Jewish Community Center in Davie, Florida,Feb 27
The escalating defamation campaign alleges the victim not only made threats against Thompson, but President Donald Trump as well
Federal authorities allege that Thompson posted the false claim that his ex-lover possessed child pornography back in October. However, questioned about the claim in November, he told investigators that his account was hacked.
The government alleges that Thompson began to make threats against Jewish institutions back in January. By February 21, he progressed to emailing a threat to the New York offices of the Anti-Defamation League, authorities said.
‘[The woman] is behind the bomb threats against jews,’ the email read. ‘She lives in nyc and is making more bomb threats tomorrow.’
The next day, the ADL received a phone call stating that explosive materials had been placed in its midtown Manhattan office.
Police activity outside Juan Thompson’s home in St Louis, Friday
The federal government also alleges that on or around February 7, a JCC in Manhattan received an emailed bomb threat from an anonymous account.
‘Juan Thompson put two bombs in the office of the Jewish center today,’ the email read. ‘He wants to create Jewish newtown tomorrow.’
‘Newtown’ is a reference to Newtown, Connecticut, the site of a December 2012 school shooting that left 26 people dead, among them 20 children.
On or about February 21, Thompson allegedly emailed a threat to the New York offices of the Anti-Defamation League [above]
Federal authorities also say that Thompson used his Twitter feed to allege that the woman in question made threats against him as well as President Donald Trump.
Thompson claimed in the tweets that the woman was trying to frame him.
‘Y’all know how to get a social worker in NY barred?’ he tweeted on Monday. ‘I’m being stalked and harassed by a white nasty white woman in NYC.’
He tweeted that he had been questioned by the FBI and the Secret Service who were investigating the matter.
‘The Secret Service visited me looked at my tweets, questioned my politics b/c some awful white woman I date reported me,’ Thompson tweeted the same day.
‘I won’t be silenced.’
The ADL tweeted on Friday that the suspect behind the threat had been arrested
In a pinned tweet on his account, he wrote a rambling note filled with accusations against the woman and ‘the racist FBI.’
‘Two years ago, after swearing off white women, I started dating one,’ he tweeted.
‘She seemed like a cool Brooklyn white radical. There were [sic] warning signs though; she didn’t tell me she had herpes until AFTER we hooked up; she called me a thug, in an approving way, because she liked I was wearing Js and balling shorts after the gym; and she called herself captain save-a-thug – a reference to the type of black men she dated.’
‘We broke up after someone showed me the light, and since then she’s stalked and harassed me,’ he wrote. ‘[She] threatened to have me killed, and said she was going to make me a prison ‘statistic’ and looked forward to me being ‘raped’ in prison.’
‘[The woman] is a clinical [sic] director at a prominent NYC non-profit.’
‘She, though I can’t prove it, even sent a bomb threat in my name to a Jewish center, which was odd given her anti-Semitic statements.’
‘I got a visit from the FBI. So now I’m battling the racist FBI and this vile, evil, racist white woman.’
‘I’m afraid…we know what happens when white women use the law to go after black men.’
On Sunday, Thompson re-tweeted a number of news stories about the bomb threats against the JCC as well as other historical articles and references to anti-Semitism and the Nazis.
‘The hatred of Jews goes across all demos,’ he tweeted in a post that was referenced in the US Attorney’s Office complaint.
‘Ask NYC’s [employer of the woman in question,’ he tweeted. ‘They employ a filthy anti-Semite. These ppl are evil.’
‘Thompson’s alleged pattern of harassment not only involved the defamation of his female victim, but his threats intimidated an entire community,’ FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William Sweeney said.
‘The FBI and our partners take these crimes seriously.’
Thompson allegedly cooked up the details of his Dylan Roof story. Roof [above],is the white gunman in the Charleston, South Carolina,church shooting of June 2015
Thompson it is alleged, has a a pattern of fabricating stories.
On February 2, 2016, the editor-in-chief of The Intercept, Betsy Reed, published a note explaining that Juan Thompson, who worked as a reporter for the news site, had fabricated quotes and invented news sources during his two-year stint.
Betsy Reed, notes: ‘In his reporting Thompson also used quotes that we cannot verify from unnamed people whom he claimed to have encountered at public events,’ Reed wrote.
‘Thompson went to great lengths to deceive his editors, creating an email account to impersonate a source and lying about his reporting methods.’
Reed wrote that Thompson had created fake email accounts that he then used to impersonate people, including Reed herself.
The Intercept conducted an investigation which found that on three occasions, people were quoted even though they had never actually been interviewed.