August 25, 2008
Breaking: Reported Plot to Assassinate ObamaCBS4Denver reports that four people have been arrested in a possible plot to assassinate Obama at his acceptance speech:
Law enforcement sources tell Maass that one of the suspects "was directly asked if they had come to Denver to kill Obama. He responded in the affirmative."
Subsequently authorities went to the Cherry Creek Hotel to contact an associate of Gartrell's. But that man, identified as Shawn Robert Adolph, 33, who was wanted on numerous warrants, jumped out of a sixth floor hotel window. Law enforcement sources say Adolph broke an ankle in the fall and was captured moments later. Sources say he had a handcuff ring and was wearing a swastika, and is thought to have ties to white supremacist organizations.Georgia10 from the DailyKos was at the same hotel, across the hall from the bust.
Ed O'Keefe from The Trail blog was right next door. Yikes.
Another article from The Rocky Mountain News reports that the Colorado U.S. Attorney is downplaying the threat:
"We're aware of the matter discussed tonight by the Aurora Police Department," said Colorado U.S. Attorney Troy Eid in a statement late Monday night. "Federal law enforcement is working hand-in-glove with the Aurora Police Department. Because this matter is currently under investigation, there is little we can say right now.Sounds more like a bunch of wasted, racist wackos than an organized assasination attempt, but still alarming. A press conference is scheduled by law enforcement tomorrow.
More reactions at Memeorandum.
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