The U.S. Justice Department charged a neo-Nazi leader and an associate with plotting to attack Baltimore’s power grid on February 6. Brandon Russell, a founder of the neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division, and Sarah Clendaniel from Maryland were arrested and charged with conspiring to damage an energy facility. Russell is a convicted felon and was previously sentenced to five years in prison.
An FBI confidential informant started receiving encrypted messages in June 2022 from a user encouraging the attack on electrical substations. The messages urged an attack “when there is greatest strain on the grid.” One of the users was traced back to Russell and the other to Clendaniel, who has a prior conviction for armed robbery. The FBI alleges the plot was racially motivated but did not provide details.
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