June 20, 2019
Well, this is embarrassing.
The unsealing of an application for a search warrant by the federal government on 8chan’s servers has unintentionally revealed that a federal agent has been trolling the site and attempting to redirect the users’ conspiracy theories against the Russian government instead of the CIA or Mossad.
The legal case stems from the April 27th shooting at a California synagogue by white supremacist and 8chan user John Earnest. The day of the shooting, Earnest is believed to have posted to 8chan a link to an anti-Semitic Pastebin manifesto and a not-so-cryptic suggestion that he was about to commit a murderous act of violence to back up his beliefs. In the accompanying affidavit to the search warrant application, FBI Special Agent Michael J. Rod requests the “IP address and metadata information about Earnest’s original posting and the postings of all of the individuals who responded to the subject posting and/or commented about it. Additionally, agents seek information about any other posting coming from the IP address used by Earnest to post the subject posting.”
In Appendix 1, Rod attaches a series of screen caps from an 8chan thread that took place the day of the synagogue attack (it is not ultimately clear that Earnest took part in this thread). What is notable is that next to the “Anonymous” user label on some of the posts is a “(You)” marking:
As it turns out, this text is to let the user know that they are looking at their own posts! This means that Special Agent Rod inadvertently exposed himself as 8chan user ID “8f4812” by including these screenshots as his supporting exhibit. As it turns out, a more complete version of this thread was saved on archive.is before it was deleted. By using Ctrl+F on the page and inputting “8f4812”, you can look at all the posts made by the FBI in this thread.
Here’s the full text of the longest post Agent Rod made:
Guys. Read my posts. I believe that thw ahooter did post on here but there is also more. Ive been here all day. There are at least two others that are posting in a bot, shilllike fashion to promote this. This theead never would have made the first page, where I found it this morning.
think there is outside involvement. Likely Russian.
In the posts not attributed the man himself, these two not only hyped this thread in an awkward way, they continued an odd pattern of posts to keep this thread alive. Look at the parallel language and style. pol does not talk like that.
Look at the memes chosen in these posts. Not even a fucking clown.
While I believe John may have been motivated by hia own beliefs and reasons, I believe that there are other forces at work here that may have provoked him.
The original link leads to a Tarrants Lads group In russian.
He may have been rightfully upset with the way the world is, but he may have been manipulated into this by something that is not.
I’d blame Mossad, the CIA and FBI too, but this time I am not so sure. We know all three of them can meme because we are shilled all day long by them.
He chose a crappy pistol. Anyone would have planned a litte more thoroughly. If BT is a hero to him as he describes, he would have learned from this mistakes, or at a minimun made an effort to emulate him and do the same. To walk in there completey unprepared with a single pistol sends off even more red flags,
This is very unusual. This is not the typical (((conspiracy))) and I am worried. I dont believe this is the end of this.
I hope some one else takes it upon themselves to investigate what I posted above as well.
So the FBI is posting on 8chan to claim that Russia is doing false flag shootings in the US. And that people shouldn’t blame the Mossad, the CIA or the FBI.
That is quite a thing.
I mean, we already knew that this sort of thing was going on.
But to actually see it revealed like this is a little bit staggering.
Please understand: not all of these FBI shills on forums are going to be this retarded. We know that Agent Rod is a special kind of retard because he got caught.
Most of them will not be trying to shoehorn a Hillary Clinton-tier Russian hoaxspiracy into threads. They are much more likely to go along with whatever you’re going along with, and then try to escalate violence.
They are also much more likely to be simply disrupting threads and causing people to fight each other. I guess that posting Russia stuff sort of does that, but it’s so dumb that most people wouldn’t even bother to respond.
There might have been other times when the FBI was exposed as actively shilling on the chans, but I can’t remember them. We should assume that this is constant, and that at any time, you could be dealing with an entire thread full of agents of the FBI, Mossad and various private intelligence groups.
But I just want to say this: even if Russia did post those cringe memes on Facebook, the FBI shilling up 4chan is so, so much worse.