US soldier, alleged member of white supremacist group, accused of plotting attack on own unit
A U.S. Army soldier gave classified information to a white supremacist group based in Britain about American troops stationed abroad, as the Attorney General claimed on Monday.
The 22-year-old Ethan Melzer reportedly intended to attack his own army unit by providing members of the Order of the Nine Angles (O9A) extremist group with sensitive details about their location, movements, and security.
Melzer from Louisville, Kentucky, has been charged with conspiracies and murder of U.S. citizens, among other things. He was arrested on June 10 and facing prison life if convicted.
According to court records, Melzer allegedly planned a deadly ambush against his fellow soldiers in the service of what the prosecutor described as "a devilish cocktail of ideologies with hatred and violence".
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Melzer joined the army in 2018 and had joined the O9A until 2019, a group that "campaigned for anarchist, neo-fascist, neo-Nazi and anti-Semitic beliefs," the prosecutor said. Melzer had consumed ISIS propaganda and had a photo with a knife on it, a book entitled "The Dark Tradition: Order of the Nine Angles", a skull mask - a well-known neo-Nazi symbol - and a US beret -Army. according to court records. The FBI confiscated the file from an iCloud account maintained by Melzer.
PHOTO: A photo included in a criminal complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office in New York is said to have been taken by investigators from the accused conspirator Ethan Melzer's photo library and appears to show neo-Nazi material. (U.S. Attorney General)
Last month, Melzer reportedly used an encrypted messaging app to provide support for a mass accident attack on his US Army unit after it was deployed to Turkey, and to send confidential information about the unit.
"As claimed, Ethan Melzer, a US Army private citizen, was the enemy inside," said Audrey Strauss, serving as US attorney for the southern district of New York, in a statement. "Melzer allegedly attempted to orchestrate a murderous ambush on his own unit by illegally disclosing his position, strength, and armament to a neo-Nazi, anarchist, white supremacist group. Melzer has reportedly provided this potentially deadly information to make it jihadist To convey terrorists. As alleged, Melzer was motivated by racism and hatred when he tried to carry out this ultimate act of betrayal. "
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According to court records, Melzer admitted his role in planning the attack and that he intended to kill as many of his colleagues as possible with the planned attack. He also declared himself an atraitor against the United States, as evidenced by court records.
"Melzer declared himself a traitor to the United States and described his own behavior as treachery. We all agree," said William F. Sweeney Jr., FBI deputy director of the New York office, in a statement. "He turned his back on his country and unit while joining the members of the neo-Nazi group O9A."
US soldier, suspected member of the white Supremacist group accused of planning to attack his own unit, originally appeared on abcnews.go.com
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