UPDATED 6:49 AM PT — Wednesday, May 1, 2019
The FBI is unraveling an alleged plot, where Antifa members planned to provoke an armed rebellion at the U.S. border. That’s according to an unclassified report obtained by the San Diego Union Tribune.
The paper trail appears to point to a plot hatched between Antifa activist Evan Duke III and a Mexican-based cartel associate known as “Cobra Commander.”
The scheme involves left-wing activists buying guns and receiving militia training from cartel members in order to attack U.S. Border Patrol agents, and to disrupt their operations.
Duke is the founder of the “Asylum Seekers: Caravan Support Network.” The group advocates the use of violence to abolish ICE and borders. It may comes as no surprise that Duke has several convictions in the state of Washington for crimes, including harassment.
According to local media reports, Duke’s alleged co-conspirator “Cobra Commander,” who’s real name is Ivan Riebeling, also has an extensive criminal history. His wrap sheet includes several arrests in Mexico and the U.S. for assaulting police officers and construction workers. He allegedly makes videos on YouTube, where he boasts about stealing tools used to build a wall at the border.
While the men say they have never met, both were flagged by U.S. Customs and Border Protection for their involvement at the Tijuana border when violence broke out between November of 2018 and January of this year. Hundreds of migrants rushed the border, some throwing rocks, forcing Border Patrol agents to respond with tear gas.
Duke and Riebeling are denying the allegations made in the FBI’s report. Instead, they are describing the plot as “absurd” and “illogical.”
Despite their objections, the FBI has sent its report — labeled as priority — to several agencies for further investigation. This includes the Department of Homeland Security, ICE, and the CIA.