A leaked email from a senior Department of Homeland Security official is challenging the media narrative that the rash of extremist violence in Portland, Oregon, and other cities is not being caused by Antifa, widening the rift of distrust between the public and mainstream media sources.
In the leaked email, which was written by Brian Murphy, former Acting Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at DHS, the violence that continues to ravage Portland is has been categorized as “Violent Antifa Anarchist Inspired” (VAAI).
Murphy specifically dismissed the notion that the violence was “opportunistic,” and went on to note that the attacks on federal facilities were carried out by groups “based on…ideologies” that Antifa espouses.
“We have overwhelming intelligence regarding the ideologies driving individuals towards violence and why the violence has continued,” Murphy wrote. “A core set of threat actors are organized, show up night after night, share common TTPs [tactics, techniques and procedures] and drawing on like minded individuals to their cause.”
“I recognize we may not be able to attribute every individual as VAAI, however, we need to look at the totality of the intelligence both current and previous and recognize the motivation for the violence and why people have shown up to commit violence for about 60 days and why individuals are using social media to encourage the VAAI on the ground to carry out acts of violence,” he wrote.
Last month, DHS Secretary Chad Wolf spoke with Fox News, stating that federal authorities were “targeting and reviewing” the heads of Black Lives Matter, Antifa and other groups.
“Department of Justice is also targeting and investigating the head of these organizations, the individuals that are paying for these individuals to move across the country,” Wolf said. “What we know…is that we have seen groups and individuals move from Portland to other parts of the country. We had about 175 arrests in Kenosha, almost 100 of them were from out of state. So, we know they are moving around. We have seen them in D.C., in Sacramento, and elsewhere. They are organized. We have seen similar tactics being used from Portland and other cities across the country as well. So, we know that there is organization. I know the Department of Justice is also looking at that as well.”
According to the Daily Wire, the Murphy email was obtained by CBS News reporter Catherine Herridge, who inexplicably tweeted out the letter.
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