Hackers have released the names and personal details of 200 active or retired law enforcement officers who they claim signed up to join the antigovernment extremist group the Oath Keepers.
The leak, which includes membership applications, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and online posts, were among more than 40,000 individuals who were named as part of the far-right group.
The data was taken from the Oath Keepers website, and included one who claimed to be a federal police officer who had worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency.
The identities of 20 officers who are currently serving as law enforcement officers, and 20 who have retired since joining the group were confirmed by USA TODAY.
It is believed that these numbers are just a small portion of the law enforcement officers who have joined the extremists group since most of the members did not provide information of their employment.
The Oath Keepers claim to have ‘tens of thousands of present and former law enforcement officials and military veterans’ and are listed as ‘one of the largest far-right antigovernment groups’ in the country, according to Southern Poverty Law Center.
So far, Dailymail.com, other news outlets and researches have been unable to verify the accuracy of this claim.
A massive hack of the Oath Keepers website has provided names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and posts of about 40,000 members- 200 of which claim to be law enforcement officers (Pictured: Members of the Oath Keepers including Jessica Marie Watkins (far left) who has since been indicted by federal authorities for her role in the siege on the Capitol on January 6)
The Oath Keepers are listed as one of the country’s largest far-right antigovernment groups in the US, according to Southern Poverty Law Center
The membership applications were leaked showing several alleged law enforcement officers who bragged about their position.
‘I have a wide variety of law enforcement experience, including undercover operations, surveillance and SWAT,’ one wrote on the membership application.
‘Communications, Weapons, K9 Officer for local Sheriffs office 12 years to present,’ wrote another.
‘I am currently working as a deputy sheriff in Texas,’ typed a third.
The ‘Guardians of the Republic,’ as they call themselves, claim to defend the Constitution and Americans’ liberties.
The group have voluntarily shown up armed to private businesses and polling locations ‘to provide security’ and have ‘participated in multiple standoffs against government officials,’ the SPLC reported. Eighteen of its members are facing charges for participating in the Capitol riots on January 6.
Daryl Johnson, a security consultant and former senior analyst for domestic terrorism at the Department of Homeland Security, voiced his concern of having law enforcement officers align themselves with the Oath Keepers.
‘The Oath Keepers subscribe to antigovernment conspiracy theories, so the fact that officers belong to an organization that believes in this type of stuff really calls into question their discretion and their ability to make sound judgments,’ Johnson told USA TODAY.
He also noted his concern that Oath Keepers must swear an allegiance to the group which contradicts the allegiance that police and military officers must swear to their position.
‘They look at the US government as an enemy,’ he explained. ‘When it comes down to a crisis situation or an investigation involving other militias, where is this person’s allegiance? Most likely with the Oath Keepers and not the police department.’
De Blasio (pictured) vowed a ‘full investigation’ into NYPD officers linked to militant right-wing Oath Keepers on Thursday
Stewart Rhodes (pictured), is the founder of Oath Keepers which claims to have ‘tens of thousands of present and former law enforcement officials and military veterans’
The Oath Keepers have a history of armed standoffs with government officials (Pictured; Rhodes speaks at the Patriots Day Free Speech Rally in Berkeley, California in 2017)
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has launched an investigation after the hack revealed the Oath Keepers have two active NYPD cops and three New York public officials on its books.
Three New York City public officials are also part of the leaked membership’s logs. They confirmed to WNYC/Gothamist that were previously registered as members of the group but they now claim they are no longer active.
The two NYPD officers whose names are also listed in the hacked records could not be confirmed as active members and so they remain unidentified.
NYPD rules forbid members of the force from forming alliances with organizations ‘reasonably believed’ to be engaged in criminal activities.
‘The Oath Keepers are a vile, extremist anti-government organization,’ said Bill Neidhardt, a de Blasio spokesman. ‘An immediate internal investigation has been launched.’
The NYPD added ‘the incidents are under internal review.’
One NYPD sergeant’s name was listed in the data breach, which details that he is an active member of the department’s Firearms and Tactics Session.
The sergeant acknowledged he was an NYPD officer in a phone call made by the Gothamist; and when asked whether he was the person on the list, he declined to comment on his membership status with the militia organization.
Instead, he referred the WNYC/Gothamist to the NYPD’s press office.
The information associated with the sergeant’s name hinted that the officer joined The Oath Keepers in 2014.
The email address provided includes the term ‘nypdcop,’ and the entry lists expertise in ‘field force operations,’ ‘incident management,’ and ‘riot control agents.’
A Staten Island officer’s name is also listed in the data breach. It says he is currently assigned to NYPD’s Strategic Response Group, a unit that’s been regularly deployed to halt riots, including the ones in response to George Floyd’s murder in New York City last year.
In another phone call made by WNYC/Gothamist, a man also declined to confirm whether or not he was the officer in question. When his membership with the Oath Keepers was mentioned, the man ceased to talk before asking how his number was obtained. He then declined to answer further questions.
Eighteen members of the Oath Keepers have been charged with crimes in connection to the insurrection on January 6 (Pictured: Men belonging to the Oath Keepers wearing military tactical gear attend the ‘Stop the Steal’ rally on January 6 of this year in Washington, DC)
The Oath Keepers email list was released by a nonprofit group known as Distributed Denial of Secrets which releases leaked information to members of the press (Pictured: A member of the Oath Keepers looks on as supporters of Donald Trump attend a rally protesting the 2020 election results in Washington, DC on January 6)
The local news site was able to match dozens of names that appear to go with those of current and former members of NYPD, local courts, and corrections officers in the Big Apple and its jurisdictions, including Nassau County on Long Island, as well as Dutchess and Greene Counties in upstate New York.
The data hack also contains sensitive information on Ed Keyrouze, chief of staff for the New York Guard, a state volunteer force, and civilian employee of the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs, which overlooks the state’s 20,000 men and women enrolled in the national guard and naval militia.
In the logs, the entry associated with Keyrouze refers to his ability to recruit from NY Army & Air Guard, NY State Guard & USCG [Coast Guard] Auxiliary.’
‘There are over 20 riders that work at Natl Guard HQ’s (DMNA-NY),’ the entry says. ‘Some of them are members of Combat Veterans & Patriot Guard. Will work to bring them onboard to Oath Keepers.’
In an email to WNYC/Gothamist, Keyrouze acknowledged that he signed up online for a one-year Oath Keepers membership ‘several years back,’ but claimed he was not actively involved with the organization.
‘I was never active with that group and did not renew dues,’ Keyrouze said in his email to WNYC/Gothamist. ‘Bottom line, I have no affiliation with that organization and never participated in any activities.’
‘I have brought this matter to the attention of the NY Guard Commander and explained what I stated to you above,’ he continued in the email.
The logs also mentioned names of some aspiring and current county political officials.
Ralph E Stacy, an Oswego County legislator, who is a member of the Republican Party, is named in the leaks. He said he had filled out a membership form when he was interested in joining the Oath Keepers, but had not had any interaction with them for ‘roughly a dozen years.’
‘I do not condone what happened at the Capitol building and was not involved in what occurred,’ said Stacy, who said he had interacted with anyone involved within the organization.
He also made it clear that he had not participated in the Capitol riot.
‘I certainly do believe in the right to peaceful assembly to protest one’s cause, but I do not believe in any sort of criminal trespass or criminal activity as a means to an end.’
Thomas Zmich, a Republican candidate for Queens Borough president, whose name and contact information also appear in the data breach, said he was briefly involved with the Oath Keepers New York chapter, but stopped being a part of it after he said the chapter shutdown about three years ago.
In February, the NYPD confirmed to The New York Daily News it was investigating another officer, who was seen with Oath Keeper members hours before the January 6th attacks.
The NYPD did not provide an update on the status of that probe. Dailymail.com has reached out to NYPD for comment.