The US Justice Department on Friday announced the arrest of Seth Aaron Pendley, 28, for allegedly planning to blow up an Amazon data center in Ashburn, Virginia, which he thought would knock out around 70 per cent of the internet.
Pendley, the feds said, was arrested on Thursday after supposedly trying to buy explosives from an undercover agent in Fort Worth, Texas. He came to the attention of authorities after someone alerted the FBI on January 8, 2021 – two days after the violent US Capitol insurrection – to troubling statements posted by the suspect to MyMilitia.com, a forum for organizing militia groups.
Pendley's Facebook account, it's claimed, shows his boasting about participating in the protests in Washington, DC, on January 6. He's said to have told friends in private messages that he didn't enter the Capitol building but did manage to reach a platform outside where he took a piece of broken glass and "interacted" with the police.
“We are indebted to the concerned citizen who came forward to report the defendant’s alarming online rhetoric," said Acting US Attorney Prerak Shah, in a statement. "In flagging his posts to the FBI, this individual may have saved the lives of a number of tech workers."
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