Sus­pect had con­tact with UK far right

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY LEE HARPIN

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.

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