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Anonymous Was “in No Way Involved with Today’s Release of Information” of Alleged KKK Members

Controversy has been stirring on the Twittersphere with fingers already frantically pointing in lieu of the hacktivist group Anonymous announcing their plan to expose over 1,000 KKK members in the next month, thanks to their seizure of the racist group’s Twitter account. One of the alleged members was the mayor of Lexington, Ky., Jim Gray, who had to release a statement on Monday to clarify that he was not involved with the KKK, saying the claims are “false, insulting and ridiculous.”

“I have never had any relationship of any kind with the KKK. I am opposed to everything it stands for. I have no idea where this information came from, but wherever it came from, it is wrong,” he said in a statement.

The data dump full of names and personal information hit Pastebin, a site used to share and store text and computer code, on Sunday evening by someone using the Twitter account ‘TheAnonMessage,’ who claimed to represent Anonymous. By Monday morning, the list had grown to 57 phone numbers and 23 email addresses of supposed KKK members – and even some of their spouses.  Senator Dan Coats was among many others stating that the inclusion of their names was absolutely untrue.

Despite many attempting to call these politicians out for lying, new information suggests they may actually be telling the truth. Another twitter handle, who has asserted itself as the official Anonymous account (aptly named ‘OperationKKK’) took to social media to dismiss its involvement with the list of names released Sunday, saying they have not yet put forth any information.

The group explained plans to post the real information dump on Nov. 4, alongside the hashtag #HoodsOff, in a news release yesterday.  The event is set to take place on the one-year anniversary of the grand jury decision to not prosecute Darren Wilson, the police officer who infamously shot the unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., back in August of 2014. They have already released bits of information on some KKK members, but the group notes that “This is just the beginning.”

The Ku Klux Klan, or KKK, is of course the bigoted group founded after the Civil War by former Confederate soldiers to oppose the reforms made by the North during Reconstruction.  The Klan continued to cause dismay throughout the 1920s and onward through the use of murder and threats in a feeble attempt to counter the Civil Rights movement, effectively terrorizing people of color as well as Jews and Catholics. They have since been labeled as an “American terrorist organization” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has somewhat unraveled in the last several years. Anonymous hopes to deliver the final blows.

“We are not oppressing you, Ku Klux Klan. We are not here to strip you of your Freedom of Speech. Anonymous will never strip you of any of your Constitutional rights. There is no “hate speech” exception to the Constitution. In a free society, we do have a duty to protect free thought, even when especially offensive. Your hateful ideas and words remain yours to keep. You are allowed to speak and in kind, we are allowed to respond. You are legally free to live and be any which way you choose to live and be. Keep in mind, it is not illegal nor oppressive to hurt your feelings. With that said, we are stripping you of your anonymity. This is not a threat, but rather a promise,” said the group on their website.

Let’s just hope this misstep in exposing these hate-mongers doesn’t take away from the real full release of names and personal information coming on Thursday.

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