Suspect had contact with UK far right
THE PITTSBURGH synagogue massacre suspect exchanged messages with far-right extremists in Britain, it has been revealed.
Sources confirmed to The Times that Robert Bowers, 46, was in touch with British neo-Nazis who subscribe to conspiracy theories about Jewish control of the world.
He was revealed to have used Gab, the social media platform popular among extremists that was closed in the wake of the last Saturday’s shooting.
While there is no suggestion that the British fascists were involved with the attack, there is increased concern among security services that far-right extremists could seek to copy the atrocity.
Bowers — who is accused of using an assault rifle and three handguns to carry out the attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue — is known to have used Gab as a means of communication with other extremists.
The website calls itself a “free speech” alternative to Facebook and has earned the nickname “Twitter for Nazis”.
Bowers has pleaded not guilty to 44 charges relating to the Pittsburgh attack.