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Email threat sent to American blogger Photo: Gabi Menashe
Email threat sent to American blogger Photo: Gabi Menashe
 
 

Reuters employee issues 'Zionist pig' death threat

Worker suspended after telling American blogger: 'I look forward to day when you pigs get your throats cut'

Yaakov Lappin
Latest Update: 05.30.06, 09:38 / Israel News

A Reuters employee has been suspended after sending a death threat to an American blogger.

 

The message, sent from a Reuters internet account, read: "I look forward to the day when you pigs get your throats cut."

 

It was sent to Charles Johnson, owner of the Little Green Footballs (LGF) weblog, a popular site which often backs Israel and highlights jihadist terrorist activities.

 

In the threat, the Reuters staff member, who has not been named, left his email address as "zionistpig" at hotmail.com.

 

Reporting the message to his readers, Johnson wrote on his website: "This particular death threat is a bit different from the run of the mill hate mail we get around here, because an IP lookup on the sender reveals that he/she/it was using an account at none other than Reuters News."

 

Speaking to Ynetnews, Johnson said: "I was surprised to receive a threat from a Reuters IP, but only because it was so careless of this person to use a traceable work account to do it."

 

He added: "I think it's more than fair to say that Reuters has a big problem."

 

'Employee suspended'

 

After bringing the threat to the attention of Reuters, Johnson was told by the news organization's Global Head of Communications, Ed

Williams: "I can confirm that an employee has been suspended pending further investigation. The individual was not an employee of Reuters' news division."

 

In an additional twist, Johnson traced the movements of the sender of the threat, and found direct parallels between the internet locations of the sender and Inayat Bunglawala, Media Secretary of the Muslim Council of Britain.

 

Bunglawala, who contirbuted an editorial to the Guardian website, has attracted negative attention in the past after making anti-Semitic outbursts, and has declared that the British media was "Zionist-controlled."

 

In the comment section of the Guardian, underneath his own editorial, Bunglawala denied sending the threat, blaming  "Zionists" instead.

 

"That was not me! Methinks some Zionists are up to mischief," he wrote.

 

"There is strong circumstantial evidence connecting Bunglawala to the threat, but there is no way for me to verify this for certain. Only a Reuters network administrator would have access to the necessary records," Johnson said.

 

First Published: 05.29.06, 20:36

 

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