The Daily Telegraph

Neo-nazi soldier betrayed his unit to provoke ‘race war’

- By David Millward

A FORMER US soldier who gave neonazis and jihadists details about his own unit to stage a “mass casualty” event in the hope of provoking a race war has been jailed for 45 years.

Ethan Melzer, 24, provided sensitive details about his unit, including movements and security arrangemen­ts.

Melzer was a member of the Order of Nine Angles, a Uk-based neo-nazi organisati­on that prosecutor­s said expressed admiration for Nazis and Islamic jihadists. He admitted attempting to kill US service members in a “murderous ambush”, and providing support for terrorists.

Damian Williams, the US attorney for the Southern District of New York, said: “By unlawfully disclosing his unit’s location, strength, and armaments to other O9A members and jihadists in furtheranc­e of this ambush, Melzer traitorous­ly sought to attack the very soldiers he was entrusted to protect.”

Sentencing Melzer, District Judge Gregory Woods described Melzer’s behaviour as “corrosive”. The judge added: “His crimes were repugnant. He betrayed the United States of America.”

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