The Chicago Sun-Times reported on December 20th, 2017 that former Intercept journalist and former intern for WBEZ-FM and DNAinfo Chicago, Juan Thompson, has been sentenced to five years in prison for bomb threats he made against Jewish institutions, which the judge labeled as domestic terrorism.
This follows on the charges that were levied against Thompson back in March of 2017 for the eight bomb threats he issued prior to being arrested.
Thompson admitted to the threats, along with admitting to cyber-stalking and harassing his ex-girlfriend. As noted in the Sun-Times article, Thompson pleaded guilty to the charges…
“Calling Thompson’s crimes domestic terrorism, Judge P. Kevin Castel sentenced the St. Louis man to a year longer than the federal sentencing guidelines recommended. He cited the eloquence of a victim statement delivered by Thompson’s ex-girlfriend, Francesca Rossi.
“Rossi said Thompson began abusing her during their relationship and intensified the terror delivered largely through social media and electronic communications after they broke up.”
We previously reported that Juan Thompson had been arrested back in March of 2017 by the FBI.
Thompson had been fired from The Intercept and other duties for fabricating stories and pushing an agenda. One his agendas was to blame #GamerGate for being a campaign of misogyny, as he wrote in his piece for the outlet back in May, 2015…
“The online racism directed toward Butler and other black writers is similar, in its scope and severity, to the online misogyny exposed by the Gamergate controversy last year. Many people were shocked to read about the torrent of misogynist hate directed at video game developer Zoe Quinn after a jilted ex-boyfriend falsely accused her, in a blog post, of having used sex to advance in the gaming community. The threats got so bad that Quinn eventually fled her home out of fear for her safety.”
Thompson is one of many anti-#GamerGate journalists who have been outed either for sexual harassment, sexual abuse, or rape. Thompson, however, is the first journalist who has been arrested, charged and convicted for domestic terrorism.
At this juncture, it appears even after an anti-#GamerGate journalist was convicted of domestic terrorism and is going to prison, the brakes on the #GamerGate train won’t be put to use anytime soon.
(Thanks for the news tip Blaugast)