8chan owner says El Paso shooter didn't post manifesto

Via:  badfish-hd-h-u  •  6 months ago  •  10 comments

8chan owner says El Paso shooter didn't post manifesto
He implies the gunman used an Instagram account that hasn't been active in more than a year.

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Instagram  said Tuesday that a hate-filled manifesto linked to the  El Paso shooter wasn't uploaded to the Facebook-owned photo-sharing site as suggested by the owner of a fringe message board where  the document was initially discovered .

A spokeswoman for Facebook said it disabled an Instagram account tied to the suspected gunman on Saturday. The account hadn't been active for more than a year, she said. 

Instagram is working with law enforcement, she said, and she directed any additional questions to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI declined to comment.  

The statement comes after Jim Watkins, the owner of the 8chan message board, suggested in a  YouTube video  that the document had been loaded to his site by a different user. Watkins, who appeared in front of an image of Benjamin Franklin, said the site had made law enforcement "aware" of the manifesto when it appeared. 

He also suggested -- but didn't state -- that the gunman, who killed 22 in the attack at a Walmart store, had posted the document to Instagram.

"First of all, the El Paso shooter posted on Instagram, not 8chan," Watkins said in the video. "Later, someone uploaded the manifesto. However, that manifesto was not uploaded by the Walmart shooter. I don't know if he wrote it or not, but it was not uploaded by the murderer; that is clear."

8chan , an anonymous forum, is a magnet for trolls, who delight in racist, sexist and politically incorrect humor. Watkins' video was titled "Sorry for the inconvenience, common sense will prevail" an apparent reference to the title of the 2,300-word manifesto, which was called "The Inconvenient Truth."

The   House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security's Twitter account   posted Tuesday a request for Watkins to appear in front of Congress. Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Missouri and chairman of the committee, and Rep. Mike Rogers, a Republican from Michigan, penned the letter and referenced the El Paso mass shooting as "at least the third act of white supremacist extremist violence" linked to the site. 

"Experts have described 8chan as a platform for amplifying extremist views, leading to the radicalization of its users," the representatives said in the letter. "Americans deserve to know what, if anything, you, as the owner and operator, are doing to address the proliferation of extremist content on 8chan."

Since the discovery of the manifesto, 8chan has  lost technical support   from services such as security platform Cloudflare. The site went down early Monday. At the time, a  tweet   from the site's official account said it'd be down for 24 to 48 hours. 8chan isn't currently available. 

Fredrick Brennan, 8chan's founder, who's no longer associated with the site, told The New York Times on Sunday that   the site needs to be shut down . "It's not doing the world any good," he told The Times. "It's a complete negative to everybody except the users that are there. And you know what? It's a negative to them, too. They just don't realize it."

Earlier this year, the gunman  who attacked two New Zealand mosques  and the gunman  who attacked a California synagogue   posted their manifestos to 8chan.


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The People's Fish
1  seeder  The People's Fish    6 months ago

It's important for us to get this right. This is why law enforcement needs to have an opportunity to investigate and provide us with the facts.

Our irresponsible politicians race to blame with the support of our irresponsible media.

1.1  MUVA  replied to  The People's Fish @1    6 months ago

It is ridiculous the amount of conjecture combined with asinine comments by democrat leaders and the media everyone is a racist or white nationalist.   

1.1.1  SteevieGee  replied to  MUVA @1.1    6 months ago

So...  We should wait for the investigations to play out before blaming video games and gay marriage?

1.1.2  r.t..b...  replied to  SteevieGee @1.1.1    6 months ago
blaming video games and gay marriage?

Sun spots.

1.2  XXJefferson#51  replied to  The People's Fish @1    6 months ago

Sadly many of America’s general population on the left does exactly the same thing as has been evident in news and social media across the country and on line.  

Buzz of the Orient
2  Buzz of the Orient    6 months ago

So anyone could have posted it.  As I've said before and again, I think the whole world would have been better off if the internet never happened.

2.1  MUVA  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2    6 months ago

The problem is our media in this country both sides have become propaganda machines for their respective party's.  

3  JohnRussell    6 months ago

Conspiracy nuts love this kind of crap.  I predict this seed will be a big hit !

Meanwhile the authorities say the shooter has been very talkative. I'm pretty sure he didnt disavow the manifesto. 

3.1  XXJefferson#51  replied to  JohnRussell @3    6 months ago

Don’t you think we should know whether the mass murderer posted this or not? 

3.1.1  JohnRussell  replied to  XXJefferson#51 @3.1    6 months ago

The important thing is if he wrote it. 

All the Trumpsters can shove their bamboozling up their ass as far as I am concerned. 


When the people holding Crusius in custody say he denies writing the manifesto , then we can think about it. 

Don't hold your breath. 


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