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Authorities: Armed man arrested in Seattle was planning action in support of Brazil protesters
Star Tribune

A judge set bail at $2 million Friday for a Las Vegas man arrested near the University of Washington in a truck that authorities say contained multiple weapons, maps to three Seattle campuses and a recording in which he said he planned to do something in the West to support protesters demanding reform in Brazil. Montana authorities said Jasper stole a pickup truck and guns from a truck driver in Butte, Mont., who had let Jasper stay at his home.

At the bail hearing in Seattle, a prosecutor said authorities found six firebombs in the vehicle, along with a bolt-action rifle, a double-barrel shotgun, a machete and several knives. They also found a recording of a podcast that appears to have Jasper expressing support for protesters in Brazil. Jasper said he was going to back the « Brazilian revolution » by doing something « somewhere in the Western United States. » « I’m going to make sure people understand and notice it, » he allegedly said on the podcast.

Jasper had been staying at the truck driver’s home for about a month. The Seattle Times identified the truck driver Friday night as Erik Henderson. The trucker said Jasper described himself as an « anarchist, » The Times reported.

Si on avait arrêté un méchant membre du Tea Party avec des couteaux, des fusils et des bombes, les médias auraient fait beaucoup de bruit avec cette histoire (avec raison). Mais comme c’est un bon gauchiste qui a été arrêté avec des couteaux, des fusils et des bombes, personne, même pas Richard Hétu, n’a jugé bon parlé de cette histoire…