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>> Federal authorities arresting a 31-year-old man in Missouri Friday, for allegedly making a number of hoax bomb threats against Jewish groups across the country. Prosecutors in New York say Juan Thompson is responsible for mostly emailed threats at least eight Jewish community centers and the Anti-Defamation League in New York.
Jewish community centers in the US and Canada have received more than 100 bomb threats since the election of US President Donald Trump. Several Jewish cemeteries have recently been vandalized. But authorities believe Thompson's threats may have been motivated by something more than anti-Semitism. Prosecutors say Thompson was trying to harass and intimidate an ex-girlfriend, by telling Jewish groups she was the person behind the bomb threats.
He also made some threats in his own name and tried to pin them on the woman, saying she was framing him. Thompson's Twitter repeatedly refers to a woman by name, including this post about her in February, where he says, know any good lawyers? Need to stop this nasty/racist #whitegirl I dated who sent a bomb threat in my name and wants me to be raped in jail.
The Juan Thompson who was arrested, appears to be the same man who was fired last year from the online investigative news site The Intercept. After editors said he fabricated quotes and created fake email accounts to impersonate people. Thompson is expected to appear in Missouri court Friday.