After intense speculation and several false leaks from groups claiming to be Anonymous, the powerful hacker group finally released its official list of Ku Klux Klan members and sympathizers.
The list names members and supporters of the KKK, as well as the names of several local and online-based groups that represent the organization. Earlier in the week, Anonymous promised over 1,000 names to be on the list, but the number was reduced after the group double checked their sources and removed names that could not be confirmed.
Earlier in the week, several sources claimed that the list would out several senators, lawmakers, and mayors. None of the accused officials appear on the real list. The highest profile name mentioned in the leak is Frazier Glenn Miller, a white supremacist who killed three at a Jewish Community Center in Kansas City.
The list, uploaded on PasteBin, is a lengthy collection of names, groups, and social media accounts. Typically, a person’s name is listed next to links to their Twitter and Facebook page. It is unclear how the information fell into Anonymous’s hands.
There are still concerns about the list’s accuracy. Since its publication earlier today, Anonymous has removed several names for a lack of evidence. The group said that they would be happy with a smaller list that is totally accurate. Anonymous has previously targeted he racist organization, which dates back to the end of the Civil War.
— Operation KKK (@Operation_KKK) November 5, 2015
Although the KKK is not particularly powerful today, they still participate in hateful rhetoric that can result in acts of extreme violence like the Kansas City Shooting. Anonymous’s goal was to expose hateful individuals who hide their affiliation with the group. In their prelude to the leak, Anonymous briefly detailed their motives for the leak:
The KKK is part of an important cultural landscape and history in the United States… We need to make room for important, blunt, honest, public, productive conversation. Violent bigotry IS a problem in the United States. This is not a colorblind society. It deeply divided on racial lines.
— Anon Cop Watch (@AnonCopWatch) November 5, 2015
Since the group leaked such a vast amount of information, it will take some time for the list to be sorted through and people to be identified. Anonymous will not release the names of the hackers that uncovered and compiled the data.
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