In the Wednesday edition of the New York Times,
James C. McKinley Jr. falsely reported that an FBI informant who helped to thwart a left-wing terrorist plot had actually encouraged the conspiracy.
In the article Anarchist Ties Seen in ’08 Bombing of Texas Governor’s Mansion
published February 22, 2011, the newspaper indicated that former left-wing activist Brandon Darby urged two anarchists to firebomb the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota:
Yet federal agents accused two men from these circles of plotting to make firebombs and hurl them at police cars during the convention. An F.B.I informant from Austin, Brandon Darby, was traveling with the group and told the authorities of the plot, which he had encouraged.
According to the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota, this is a false assertion.
That office stated the following in a May 21, 2009 press release titled Texas Man Sentenced on Firearms Charges Connected to the Republican National Convention
A 23-year-old man from Austin, Texas, who was connected to a group that planned to disrupt the Republican National Convention in September 2008, was sentenced today in federal court on three firearms charges.
On May 21 in Minneapolis, United States District Court Chief Judge Michael Davis sentenced David Guy McKay to 48 months in prison and three years of supervised release on one count of possession of an unregistered firearm, one count of illegal manufacture of a firearm and one count of possession of a firearm with no serial number. McKay pleaded guilty on March 17.
Today’s sentence included a finding by Judge Davis that McKay obstructed justice at his January trial by falsely accusing a government informant, Brandon Darby, of inducing him to manufacture the Molotov cocktails.
David McKay admitted he lied
to suggest the Darby had induced the crime on which he was blowing the whistle:
I embellished -- I guess actually lied -- that Brandon Darby came up with the idea to make Molotov cocktails.
Apparently the New York Times
was not given the proverbial memo, but they have it now. We request they retract the false claim and correct the record.