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Ex-journalist expected to plead guilty on threats to Jewish groups

Ex-journalist expected to plead guilty on threats to Jewish groups
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The man who made multiple bomb threats against Jewish organizations is set to plead guilty to a related cyberstalking charge, according to a report by Reuters Tuesday.

Juan Thompson, 32, is scheduledt o appear in court next Monday morning to enter a guilty plea, the letter submitted by Acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim in Manhattan federal court said.

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The guilty plea comes after Thompson previously denied the charges, arguing he had no anti-Semitic beliefs and claiming he was framed for being a black man.

“Make no mistake: this is a modern-day lynching,” he said in a telephone interview from the Warren County jail in Missouri before his extradition to New York.

Police arrested Thompson in St. Louis last March over allegations he made at least eight threats against Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) and other institutions across the country.

A criminal complaint filed by the U.S. attorney’s office in New York at the time said Thompson made some of threats in his name and others in the name of an ex-girlfriend he allegedly cyberstalked.

Thompson’s alleged threats included calls, emails and faxes to the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) New York City headquarters and JCCs in Manhattan and San Diego.

The former reporter worked for the online news outlet The Intercept before his firing in January 2016 after it said he invented quotes and sources.

Thompson’s arrest came amid rising concern over anti-Semitism earlier this year, sparked by nearly 100 threats made against Jewish institutions across 33 states between last January and March.