Secret chats involving Republican lawmaker reveal fresh evidence of plots and paranoia - 2019-11-08

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F345.png Secret chats involving Republican lawmaker reveal fresh evidence of plots and paranoia November 8, 2019, Jason Wilson, The Guardian

Leaked Signal messages from an online chat network around six-term Washington state Republican representative Matt Shea show new evidence of violent fantasies, surveillance of perceived adversaries, conspiracy thinking, Islamophobia and support for white nationalists.

The messages from the chat group, exchanged between October 2017 and October 2018, show Shea's network includes other serving, former and aspiring rightwing politicians from Idaho and Washington, alongside activists associated with militia groups, anti-environmental causes and pro-gun activism.

They also show participants, including Shea, preparing for economic and societal collapse even as they campaign for the secession of eastern Washington from the remainder of the state.

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{{cite news | first = Jason | last = Wilson | title = Secret chats involving Republican lawmaker reveal fresh evidence of plots and paranoia | url = https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/08/matt-shea-republican-far-right-leaked-chats-washington-state | work = The Guardian | date = November 8, 2019 | accessdate = December 20, 2019 }}