March 13, 2018: Brennan Gilmore, Attacked As “Deep State Shill” and “CIA Asset” by InfoWars, Fights Back

Foreign Service Officer Brennan Gilmore, currently on leave from the State Department, filed a defamation lawsuit in U.S. District Court after false stories about his involvement in last year’s Charlottesville tragedy led to harassment and death threats. The suit targets a host of right-wing players including “Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist who heads InfoWars; Free Speech Systems, the company that operates InfoWars; Lee Ann McAdoo, an InfoWars personality; Jim Hoft, the far-right media figure who heads Gateway Pundit, a fringe website; Allen B. West, the far-right former congressman who operates allenbwest.com, a website that purports to be a news outlet; Derrick Wilburn, a Colorado Republican Party official who wrote an allegedly defamatory article for West’s website; Lee Stranahan, a former Breitbart writer who hosts a radio show for Sputnik, a state-sponsored Russian news agency; and Scott Creighton, who operates a left-wing fringe website” for spreading conspiracy theories. Gilmore had uploaded a video to Twitter that showed a Dodge Challenger ramming a crowd of counter-protesters at last summer’s Unite the Right Rally. The video received much online backlash and led to several stories about Gilmore’s purported deep state ties. “The First Amendment does not and cannot protect deliberate lies designed to incite incessant harassment and violence against private citizens,” said Gilmore’s lawyer Andrew Mendrala who is also supervising attorney at Georgetown Law’s Civil Rights Clinic.

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