The KKK is certainly getting loads of press on Monday, November 2. Initially, the hacktivist group named Anonymous began to publish what they claim are the names, emails, and phone numbers of people with ties to the KKK, with the KKK lists appearing on Pastebin. As reported by the Inquisitr, those alleged KKK lists are getting so many views on Pastebin that they’ve made the Pastebin trending section. One of those names appearing on the alleged KKK list is Kent Guinn, a man who appears as one of the mayors on the “Political Figures Involved with the KKK” list that has been viewed more than 50,000 times on Pasetbin thus far.
Guinn’s name appears along with other mayors and U.S. Senators purported to have ties to KKK organizations, but Mayor Kent is saying not so fast to the Anonymous hacking group lumping him in with KKK figures.
The Ocala mayor named in the Anonymous list as a possible KKK member, as reported by WKMG Orlando, has denied the claims of the Anonymous group. Guinn says that by Mayor Kent’s name appearing on the KKK list, the hacktivist is trying to discredit him. It wasn’t only Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn who was named on the list, but the 60-year-old mayor’s wife was named, as well.
The KKK list that’s spreading across the web has not been independently verified. The KKK list is only a partial list of alleged KKK members, with more names likely to come — and more denials likely along the line that Mayor Guinn’s office told News 6 on Monday. Ocala police are supposedly investigating the KKK list published to Pastebin by Anonymous on Sunday, November 1, as reported by spokeswoman Janie Pope. However, the Ocala Police Department hasn’t confirmed the investigation into the KKK list. Guinn has been mayor of Ocala for four years, and prior to that, Kent was a city council member for a dozen years.
“Greetings Citizens of the World. We are Anonymous. When people are faced with grave injustices, those cries do not go unheard. Ku Klux Klan, We never stopped watching you. We know who you are. We know the dangerous extent to which you will go to cover your a***s. Originally, we did not attack you for your beliefs as we fight for freedom of speech. We attacked you due to your threats to use lethal force in the Ferguson protests. We took this grudge between us rather seriously. You continue to threaten anons and others. We never said we would only strike once.”
A thread on Pastebin explains Operation KKK.
“Ocala, Florida Mayor: Kent Guinn: age 60: Wife Sandra Guinn: both living in Ocala, Florida: Known KKK Affiliated Group: Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan”
Despite the publication of the names, the Pastebin writer explained the rationale behind not including addresses.
“…. as i have said the reason i do not list the addresses of these people i do not want anybody to easily see this and take criminal action against these racist scum… #Exposed #YouMadBro”
It wasn’t the first KKK story to go viral on Monday. The report of a mayor’s husband who dressed up as a KKK member with his friends and burned torches near a cross also went viral on Monday.
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