In 2007, the FBI used a fake news story and website that used the names of the AP and The Seattle Times to catch a bomb threat suspect.
Last week, documents revealing the deception were publicized on Twitter by Christopher Soghoian, the principal technologist for the American Civil Liberties Union. They included a copy of the fake news story, headlined ‘Bomb threat at high school downplayed by local police department.’
Here’s a bit of background, from Fox News:
Police in suburban Lacey, near Olympia, sought the FBI’s help as repeated bomb threats prompted a week of evacuations and closures at Timberline High School in June 2007.
After police interviews of potential suspects came up empty, the agency obtained a warrant from a federal magistrate judge to send a ‘communication’ to a social media account associated with the bomb threats, with the idea of tricking the suspect into revealing his location, according to documents obtained by the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation.
This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on November 3rd, 2014.