The hacktivist group Anonymous says they’ve hacked the accounts and websites of a large number of white supremacists and found evidence of close ties to Ron Paul. Some of what they say they’ve found is significant and some of it doesn’t amount to much. The International Business Times reports:
The Anonymous collective has hacked into and defaced the website of an American nationalist party, claiming it had connections with Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul.
Hackers attacked and took possession of the website belonging to American Third Position (A3P), a white nationalist party which allegedly has connections with neo-Nazi and extreme right-wing organisations…
Anonymous also claims that the organisation has links with Republican candidate Ron Paul. “We found a disturbingly high number of members who are also involved in campaigning for Ron Paul,” the statement said, adding that Paul had regularly met with many party members and even engaged in conference calls with its board of directors.
Another target of the hack was the A3P webmaster, Jamie Kelso. According to the hacker collective, Kelso, a former Scientologist and organiser for Paul campaign events, is also the account owner of neo-Nazi forums and websites.
A second article gets a bit more specific:
Members of the nationalist American Third Position Party (A3P), whose website was defaced by Anonymous, organised Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul’s meetings and campaigns, according emails hacked by the collective.
Chairman of the British National Party (BNP) Nick Griffin also took part in meetings with Paul and other representatives of A3P.
“According to these messages, Ron Paul has regularly met with many A3P members, even engaging in conference calls with their board of directors,” read a statement from Anonymous.
It also claims that Paul received financial support from other white power groups, such as the online hate forum Stormfront, founded by Don Black, a white supremacist. There is even a photograph of Paul with Black, a former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and a current member of the American Nazi Party. Paul allegedly refused to return donations from Black and Stormfront. Black told The New York Times that Paul’s newsletter had inspired him to become a supporter.
That picture with Don Black has been out there for years and it’s always seemed irrelevant to me. People get pictures taken with politicians all the time. Hell, I had my picture taken with Michele Bachmann. That means nothing. But this seems much more significant:
In another email from 2010, Kelso reiterates his commitment to Paul’s presidential campaign and claims that some A3P members are part of Paul’s team. “A couple of my buddies are among those dozen [email sent]. ‘Knucklehead’ is my buddy and Sr. Mod named Imbar on WhiteNewsNow [a racist website owned by Kelso]. He’s also Ron Paul’s #2 man in Illinois, Chicago, where is a manufacturer. His name is Jeff”.
Griffin from the British National Party was also involved in these meetings. “We’ll be meeting up with Nick Griffin on Wednesday night… a few of us,” Kelso wrote to a member of AP3. “I let Nick know about the CPAC going on Thurs. and Fri. at the Marriott Hotel north of the White House,” he said. “Ron Paul will be there Fri. afternoon. Want to meet up with him?”
Paul’s connections with racist supporters have been highlighted by the media in America. Bill White, a former member of the neo-Nazi group the National Socialist Movement, became disillusioned with Paul after a spokesman for the Republican candidate called white supremacy “a small ideology”.
Following the incident, he wrote on a popular white supremacist website: “Both Congressman Paul and his aides regularly meet with members of the Stormfront set, American Renaissance, the Institute for Historic Review, and others at the Tara Thai restaurant in Arlington, Virginia, usually on Wednesdays,” he said. “I have attended these dinners, seen Paul and his aides there, and been invited to his offices in Washington to discuss policy.”
“Paul is a white nationalist of the Stormfront type who has always kept his racial views and his views about world Judaism quiet because of his political position,” he added.
If he’s been meeting with Bill Johnson of A3P, Nick Griffin or others like them, holding conference calls with them, that’s a whole different thing. If that’s true — and he should be asked about it directly — he should be toast. And Rand Paul needs to be asked the same thing. The fact that someone may have some crazy supporters doesn’t necessarily mean much, but holding meetings with the leaders of hate groups means a hell of a lot more.