Several days ago, the South East Missouri Chapter of the KKK known as Traditional American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (TAKKKK) distributed flyers in Ferguson, MO, making lethal threats toward activists on the ground.
In response, several activists asked Anonymous to launch #OpKKK. Local Anons in the St Louis and Ferguson area, then launched #HoodsOff as a way to identify Klan members who might try to embed themselves within the protester community.
After identifying multiple members of TAKKKK, we discovered that 3 of the highest ranking members were present at a Darren Wilson rally in Imperial, MO, that had previously been rumored to be organized by the Klan.
At the time of the rally, both The Klan and the organization known as “We Support Darren Wilson” denied this claim, and it was then dropped.
But, after several identities of TAKKKK members where posted online, the “We Support Darren Wilson” group removed multiple photos from social media that were taken at the rally. The photos where removed from social media BEFORE we made public our findings.
This made us suspicious, and we then continued to search for the Darren Wilson/TAKKKK connection. The circumstantial evidence was overwhelming.
Then we got a tip. A source came forward claiming they had information that would link Frank Ancona and TAKKKK to Darren Wilson and the events unfolding in Ferguson.
After multiple conversations with the informant, we were able to confirm this person was not connected to Darren Wilson, but instead had direct ties to his girlfriend, Ferguson Police Officer Barbara Spradling.
We were so focused on Darren Wilson himself that we let the fact slip by us that Officer Spradling was from the Imperial, MO, area where Ancona co-organized the fundraiser for Darren Wilson.
During the time that we were verifying this information, the global collective of Anonymous joined in on #OpKKK, thereby taking this operation to the next level, taking multiple Klan websites off line, and taking over the national KKK twitter page.
#OpKKK then began to gain the attention of media around the world, and death threats towards Anons from Ancona and other members of TAKKKK started to come our way.
Then, early yesterday morning, we received an email from our whistle blower that read like this:
“This has gotten out of control. They want to kill you. And after you release this information, they will want to kill me. I am scared for my life right now. I am begging you to please do not release the information that I gave. I’m afraid that because the information I provided is so specific, that it will definately be traced back to me, and I will be in danger. I am a long time supporter of Anonymous, and have trusted you with my identity. Now I feel my life is in your hands. I’m begging you please. I have a family to think of.”
All Anons involved in this were immediately notified, and spent most of yesterday discussing this matter. We went back and forth about this situation, and debated on how to handle this plea from the whistle blower.
We decided to try and take the information that we were given and connect the dots ourselves. We were unsuccessful.
After much deliberation, we have decided as important as this information was, we will not endanger the life of any person. We believe the information to be too specific to this person to release to the public.
We will instead, hold this information until we can connect the dots ourselves, without putting innocent lives at risk. We are confident that as we continue to expose members of the terrorist organization TAKKKK, we will no doubt connect them to Ferguson Law enforcement on our own.
Ex TAKKKK member Henry Harrell has come forward saying:
I know for a fact that the TAKKKK had a lot to do with what went on in Ferguson.
He then stated that certain law enforcement in the area are silent members of TAKKKK known as the “Ghoul Squad”, and continued by outing the recently deceased Leadwood, MO, Police Chief as a TAKKKK member.
We know for a fact that Ancona was called in to Ferguson by Ghoul Squad members employed by both Ferguson and St Louis County PD.
We will continue our efforts to expose all law enforcement affiliated with TAKKKK, while at the same time protecting activists on the ground in Ferguson fighting for justice.
Furthermore, the global collective of Anonymous promises to continue it’s war on the terrorist group known as the KKK.