Federal authorities arrested a soldier of the United States, who discussed plans for attacks on major American news network, sharing detailed instructions on the Internet on how to produce explosives, and suggested that a potential target can be Beto O’rourke, the presidential candidate of the Democratic party.
Soldiers, Jarrett William Smith of Fort Riley (Kansas) also once expressed a desire to go to Ukraine to fight in the battalion “Azov”, – said power.
24-year-old Smith, if convicted, faces up to 20 years in prison.
Before you enlist in the army, Smith spoke of his desire to fight in Ukraine in the battalion “Azov”.
“If I can’t find a place in Ukraine by October, I will go to army, – he wrote online in June 2016. – To fight is what I want to do.”
He joined the army the following year.
In recent months Smith has been shared in social networks with specific instructions on how to make bombs. In August, he discussed plans to organize attacks in the United States and stated that he is looking for other “radicals”.
As noted by the undercover agent that she met Smith, the soldiers also discussed the plan of attack on the headquarters of an unnamed “major news network” with cars full of explosives.
When the undercover agent expressed a desire to “focus” on Texas politics, Smith suggested Beto O’rourke, a former Congressman from El Paso, who has made gun control a Central platform in his presidential campaign.
The FBI stated that Jarrett Smith admitted that he regularly gave instructions on how to create explosives in online chats, even when the interlocutors said that they plan to use this information to harm people.
According to the testimony, he did so to “wreak havoc”.