‘It’s reckless, irresponsible & puts people directly in danger’: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Slams Media Reporting

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‘This isn’t a game’: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tears into news reports that put her life and that of others at risk. 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tore into media outlets yesterday for their irresponsible news coverage in the wake of reports that her name appeared on a hit list discovered during the arrest of a domestic terrorist.

Background

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) expressed outrage Wednesday afternoon after media outlets reported details of her new Washington D.C. high rise home the same day her name appeared on a hit list compiled by a self-described white nationalist earlier in the day.

The New York Post reported that: “Court documents show Coast Guard Lt. Christopher Hasson, who was arrested last Friday, drafted a list of politicians and media members whom he was targeting.”

The list included Ocasio-Cortez, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Democratic presidential candidates Sens. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, among others.

Hasson, who had an arsenal of 15 firearms in his Silver Spring, Md., home, searched on the internet for “Where in DC do Congress live?” and “Best place in D.C. to see Congress people,” according to police officials.

Newsweek elaborated on media disclosure of details regarding Ocasio-Cortez’ new home.

Last week, The Washington Free Beacon published an article describing Ocasio-Cortez’s new apartment in a “luxury” Washington, D.C., complex. The story was picked up by outlets includingThe Washington Examiner and  the Daily Mail on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Although the outlets did not publish the exact location of Ocasio-Cortez’s new building, they included detailed descriptions of the property, nearby landmarks and even local stores.

Ocasio-Cortez speaks out.

“Journalists are sharing stories about where I live the same day it’s shared that myself + others were targeted by a mass shooter,” she tweeted. “All this paired w/ amplifying unvetted conspiracy theories. It’s reckless, irresponsible & puts people directly in danger. This isn’t a game.”

Lt. Hasson planned an attack “on a scale rarely seen.”

NPR posted court documents related to the arrest, reporting that:

A 49-year-old Coast Guard lieutenant charged with stockpiling weapons and drugs is being described as a “domestic terrorist” who was planning “to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country,” according to court documents filed in U.S. District Court in Maryland on Tuesday.

Federal prosecutors say Christopher Paul Hasson, a self-described white nationalist living in Silver Spring, Md., was amassing firearms since at least 2017, while cultivating plans to launch a widespread attack on prominent Democratic lawmakers, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and several high-profile television anchors from MSNBC and CNN.

Continuing, NPR reported that: “The court filings paint a picture of an angry and drugged man who has been seeking answers in neo-fascist and neo-Nazi literature for decades and who is desperate to make a ‘lasting impression on this world.'”

Apparently, Hasson frequently sought instruction from a manifesto written by Anders Breivik, a far-right, anti-Muslim Norwegian nationalist who was convicted in 2012 of two terror attacks that killed 77 people. According to officials, Hasson used Breivik’s methods to hone his list of potential victims, conducting Internet searches for “most liberal senators”, “where do most senators live in dc” and “are supreme court justices protected.”

NBC affiliate WPTV reported that Hasson “is due to appear Thursday in federal court in Maryland after his arrest on gun and drug offenses, but prosecutors say those charges are the ‘proverbial tip of the iceberg.'”

The chief at the federal defender’s office in Maryland — which is representing Hasson — declined to comment on the allegations. The Coast Guard did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Hasson’s arrest. No one answered the door Wednesday at the home address for Hasson listed in public records.

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