Twit­ter at­tack ‘sparked fit’

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY LIANNE KOLIRIN

AN AL­LEGED in­ter­net troll who op­er­ated un­der the Twit­ter han­dle @ jew­_­gold­stein has been ar­rested by FBI agents for tweet­ing a flash­ing im­age at an epilep­tic anti-Trump jour­nal­ist.

John Rayne Riv­ello, 29, was de­tained at his home in Mary­land and faces charges af­ter be­ing ac­cused of send­ing the im­age to Kurt Eichen­wald, who has writ­ten ex­ten­sively about hav­ing the con­di­tion.

Mr Eichen­wald, a se­nior writer with Newsweek, re­port­edly had a fit when he saw the tweet.

Hours ear­lier, he had sparred with a host on Fox News over his hos­tile cov­er­age of Don­ald Trump’s elec­tion cam­paign.

It is not clear why Riv­ello tweeted un­der the name @jew­_­gold­stein, but a fundrais­ing web page set up to pay for his le­gal case at­tracted the at­ten­tion of the far-right, with one donor com­ment­ing: “Heebs will not di­vide us.”

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