Former writer for the Intercept Juan Thompson was arrested on Friday in connection with bomb threats that have been made at Jewish Community Centers.
Here are five facts you need to know about him.
1. Juan Thompson was arrested by the FBI in connection with threats made in both his name and the name of another woman. In the court documents that have now been unsealed, it is detailed that three threats on Jewish Community Centers were made. One of the threats, which was made on February 1st, was against a Jewish school in Farmington Hills. The caller had said that they placed two bombs in the school.
Read the full complaint here.
2. Thomtpson was charged with one count of cyberstalking — an offense that can bring up to five years in prison. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: “Today, we have charged Juan Thompson with allegedly stalking a former romantic interest by, among other things, making bomb threats in her name to Jewish Community Centers and to the Anti-Defamation League.”
3. On his Twitter account, Thompson accused his ex-girlfriend of sending bomb threats in his name.
— Juan M. Thompson (@JuanMThompson) February 24, 2017
Another week, another round of threats against Jewish ppl. In the middle of the day, you know who's at a JCC? Kids. KIDS.
— Juan M. Thompson (@JuanMThompson) February 27, 2017
4. Although Juan Thompson did work for the Intercept, he was ultimately fired for fabricating sources.
Editor-in-Chief for the Intercept Betsy Reed said of the matter at the time,
“An investigation into Thompson’s reporting turned up three instances in which quotes were attributed to people who said they had not been interviewed. In other instances, quotes were attributed to individuals we could not reach, who could not remember speaking with him, or whose identities could not be confirmed.”
5. In the FBI complaint against Thompson, it was stated that he made at least eight threats against Jewish Community Centers. However, since January, there have been several others that are still now unaccounted for.