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WASHINGTON — A right-wing activist who brought attention to debunked conspiracy theories — and who gained new prominence when he was retweeted by President Donald Trump this week — is a U.S. naval intelligence officer detailed to a reserve unit, Navy service records show. John Michael Posobiec III's security clearance is currently suspended, according to a U.S. official, who did not disclose the reason for the suspension. Posobiec told NBC News that he was never given an explanation but suspects it was because he had become "more outspoken on Twitter."
Posobiec, who goes by Jack, is a lieutenant junior grade in the U.S. Navy Reserves, assigned to Joint Reserve Intelligence Support Element Dekalb. From March 2014 through March 2017 he was assigned to a Reserve Intelligence Unit at Office of Naval Intelligence's Naval Maritime Intelligence Center in Washington.
He resigned his civilian job with the Office of Naval Intelligence in March, claiming his support for Trump led to a "toxic work environment" and because his "political advocacy" was taking off. He went to work for Canada-based right-wing Rebel Media but has since left.
He said he "never conducted any of my political activities while in uniform or on government time. I never once mishandled classified information."
Posobiec, a Philadelphia-area native, entered the Navy Reserve as an intelligence specialist in 2010 and was commissioned as reserve intel officer in 2013, according to service records provided to Task & Purpose under a Freedom of Information Act request. For the past five years, he also worked in a day job as a civilian analyst for the Office of Naval Intelligence — until early last spring, when he lost his clearance to work with sensitive compartmented information.
According to a former colleague of Posobiec’s who spoke to T&P on condition of anonymity, the prolific social media poster was said to have left ONI “when his clearance got pulled for sharing classified information on Twitter.”
Posobiec countered that assertion. “I’ve never mishandled classified information in my entire military or civilian career,” he said. “As far as I know, my clearance was not suspended,” he added, but “it’s in a hold status, yes. This has gone on since February… I have not had any access to classified information in over seven months.”
"I am an American military veteran. I served this country by wearing the uniform overseas on multiple deployments," he said. "If you are an extremist, if you are a racist, if you are someone who does not believe in tolerance in this country, you're not allowed to serve in the military." His service record shows one overseas deployment: 10 months in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, starting Sept. 11, 2012. He said he was also sent overseas for annual training and as a civilian Navy employee.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. far-right activists helped amplify a leak of hacked emails belonging to leading French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron's campaign, some researchers said on Saturday, with automated bots and the Twitter account of WikiLeaks also propelling a leak that came two days before France's presidential vote.
Analysis conducted by The Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab published on Saturday found that the hashtag #MacronLeaks reached 47,000 tweets in three and a half hours after it was first used by Jack Posobiec, a writer in Washington for the far-right news organization The Rebel. Posobiec's online biography said he coordinated grassroots organizing for a group that supported U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign.
A U.S. far-right online activist credited with initially sharing on Twitter hacked emails from the French presidential campaign of centrist Emmanuel Macron is the latest conservative media figure to receive White House access from the Trump administration.
Jack Posobiec, a Washington-based writer at the Rebel Media, a Canadian online political and social news commentary platform, attended the daily press briefing Tuesday and later broadcast video from the White House grounds with positive commentary on President Donald Trump's abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey.
Posobiec told Reuters he first obtained temporary White House credentials in early April, but he has submitted a request for a permanent pass. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
originally posted by: Grambler
a reply to: theantediluvian
Furthermore, look at some of the responses your thread is getting.
This is proof to people that nazis are running the white house.
Do you see whats happening.
Trump retweeted a guy that isn't a white nationalists, but is friends or was friends with one, and therefore nazis run the white house.
And we know what to do with nazis, don't we?