NJ Blogger Was On FBI Payroll As Informant
It's come to light that a controversial NJ-based blogger accused of making death threats against three Federal appeals court judges was also on the FBI payroll for years up until 2008. He appears to have been used as an informant on potential domestic terrorist groups.
He used his website to establish his credibility, often posting content to incite those same groups. The FBI is said to have had concerns over his content even as he was being paid. NJ Governor-elect Christie may also find himself caught up in the case as a result of previous Federal work. The FBI isn't commenting. But this one may prove to be a real hoot when it goes to trial.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey blogger about to stand trial on charges he made death threats against federal judges apparently was paid by the FBI in its battle against domestic terrorism, according to a published report.
The Record of Bergen County reported Sunday that Hal Turner received thousands of dollars from the FBI to report on neo-Nazis and white supremacist groups and was sent undercover to Brazil.
Turner also claims the FBI coached him to make racist, anti-Semitic and other threatening statements on his radio show, but the newspaper also found many federal officials were concerned that his audience might follow up on his violence rhetoric.
The newspaper reviewed numerous government documents, e-mails, court records and almost 20 hours of jailhouse interviews with Turner.