Hacktivist group Anonymous claims that members of the KKK are also part of a movement to support Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9.
In the group's newly released video (below), Anonymous claims that the Traditionalist American Knights of the KKK (TAKKKK) distributed flyers in Ferguson which threatened pro-Brown activists with "lethal force."
In response to the flyers, Anonymous launched its #OpKKK campaign and members of Anonymous in Ferguson began their #HoodsOff project to identify local Klan members.
Anonymous claims in its video that three members of TAKKKK were part of a "We Support Darren Wilson" rally in Imperial, Missouri.
According to the Daily Mail, one of the people in the video appears to be Frank Ancona, Imperial Wizard of the TAKKKK.
The KKK and "We Support Darren Wilson" have denied the charges made by Anonymous, which later tweeted that it also had a link between Wilson and Ancona:
After studying our leaked documents I am confident I can link #DarrenWilson directly to the Ancona family #HoodsOff #OppKKK #Ferguson
Anonymous says in its video that it has held back releasing this evidence because of a plea from its secret informant, who said in an email:
I am scared for my life right now. I am begging for you to please not release the information that I gave. I am afraid that because the information I provided is so specific, that it will definitely be traced back to me, and I will be in danger. I am a longtime supporter of Anonymous, and I’ve trust you with my identity. Now I feel my life is in your hands. I am begging you please. I have a family to think of.
Anonymous also claims that the TAKKKK was called in to Ferguson by a group called the “Ghoul Squad,” silent members of the TAKKKK employed by the Ferguson and St. Louis County police departments.
According to the International Business Times, TAKKKK ex-member Henry Harrell told Anonymous, "I know for a fact that the TAKKKK had a lot to do with what went on in Ferguson."
In response, Ancona has threatened Anonymous with exposure:
But you, you're hiding behind pathetic masks, trying your best to disable to the Klan, which will never happen. Now let us tell you, we've paid people inside your little pathetic group "Anonymous" for your information, and from what has been given to us already, the main leaders of this #OpKKK have already been identified ...if you want war, we will give you war, not online, but on the streets, we will hunt you down and tear those masks from your face.
The decision by a grand jury on whether or not to indict Officer Wilson is expected soon, as is Wilson's carefully negotiated resignation from the Ferguson Police Department, noted CNN.