The Strange Case Of The FBI’s Second Schaeffer Cox Informant | Talking Points Memo

Remember when Republican senate candidate Joe Miller hired a security team for that ill-fated campaign event at a public school last fall? Well, as it turns out, the head of the security team was moonlighting as a confidential informant infiltrating the Alaska militia movement for the FBI, in an effort that eventually helped lead to the arrest of Schaeffer Cox and his followers on weapons charges and an alleged plot to kill state officials.TPM has been reporting on members of the Alaska Peacemakers Militia — including leader Cox, married couple Lonnie and Karen Vernon, and Coleman Barney — who were arrested in March and charged with conspiring to kill Alaska State Troopers and other state officials. Though the state recently dropped the conspiracy charges, each still faces a number of federal weapons charges.

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