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Informant sent live updates to FBI while storming US Capitol on January 6 — NYT

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Among members of a far-right group that marched on the United States Capitol on January 6 was an FBI informant, who was providing live updates to his handler during the attack, according to a Saturday report.

The Proud Boys, a far-right group of self-described “Western chauvinists,” were largely following a mob supporting then- US president Donald Trump rather than carrying out a preplanned attack, according to the informant’s account in confidential records obtained by The New York Times.

The informant provided his FBI handler with real-time updates via text messages, and in turn, the latter asked the informant to keep him in the loop, especially if there was any violence, the paper said.

The report said that two sources familiar with the matter suggested that the FBI had far greater visibility into the assault than was previously known, even as it was taking place.

The informant’s account of events before, during, and after the January 6 riot appeared to support claims by defense lawyers that even though several Proud Boys activists broke into the Capitol, the group did not come with a prepared plan to storm the building, according to........

© The Times of Israel

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