Monday, January 14, 2013

Alaska Militia Supergrass William Fulton Deliberately Staged Tony Hopfinger Handcuffing To Discredit Joe Miller And To Build Cred With Militia

In my post entitled "An Insider's Perspective On Drop Zone Security Snitch William Fulton Provided By The Arctic Patriot; Fulton Received $39,000 For His Services", published on May 24th, 2012, I disclosed that FBI militia supergrass William Fulton was under the control of the FBI at the time of the "confrontation" with Alaska Dispatch reporter Tony Hopfinger during a Joe Miller campaign event on October 10th, 2010, and suggested that the FBI put him up to it in order to derail Miller's campaign. I wrote "Perhaps Fulton is concerned that defense attorneys might ask him under oath if Fulton deliberately staged that confrontation at the behest of his federal handlers in order to derail Joe Miller's Senate campaign."

It turns out I was half right. While there's no evidence that the FBI was trying to sabotage Miller's campaign, a post on Restoring Liberty along with an article in Alaska Dispatch indicate that William Fulton did deliberately provoke the confrontation with Hopfinger, and that Fulton was involved in Miller's campaign under false pretenses. According to Dispatch, Fulton told the Huffington Post that he thought putting the cuffs on Tony Hopfinger, the co-owner and editor of Dispatch, while working for Miller, a conservative Republican, appeared to be a great idea, saying that it bolstered his image with the militias. This constitutes an open admission by Fulton that he was seeking to stage a confrontation.

According to Restoring Liberty, Fulton was also masquerading as a conservative the whole time, not only while volunteering for Joe Miller, but while acting as the campaign treasurer for conservative lieutenant governor candidate Eddie Burke as well. Fulton told the Huffington Post that he was a real honest-to-goodness liberal, bragging that he not only voted for Obama – twice – but that also, “he was working for you [the liberal press], you sons of bitches, and nobody knew it.” In August 2011, Burke stated that he didn't believe Fulton inflicted any harm upon his campaign. But Fulton may have inflicted fatal harm upon Miller's campaign, because from that time forward, it went into irreversible decline, additionally fueled by his own lapses, resulting in Miller's surprise loss in November 2010. For this and also for his role in railroading Schaeffer Cox, Coleman Barney, and Lonnie Vernon, the FBI relocated Fulton and his family outside of Alaska at public expense, and paid him $39,000 for his services.

Tony Hopfinger responded to this story, saying he's glad to hear the FBI got upset when Fulton reported the handcuffing incident to his handlers, but he's with Miller in being troubled by what followed. "Do we want the FBI dealing with cowboys like Bill Fulton who can change the outcome of political elections by, say, cuffing journalists?" he asked on his Facebook page. "No wonder Farmer Joe and his friends worry about Big Brother. I don't like the idea, either, of the FBI having a paid informant working inside a political campaign when the candidate himself is not the primary target of an investigation. Why would anybody run for office under those circumstances? Joe Miller should be more upset with the FBI/Justice Department than with Fulton."

Update January 15th: Alaska Dispatch reporter Craig Medred now says William Fulton "is a lying sack of shit", and raises the issue about the guy who was shoved into the locker at the Hopfinger dustup. This guy has not been heard from since; what was his real role? Find out the details in this article.

This sudden outbreak of publicity regarding William Fulton may have been prompted by a Los Angeles Times story entitled "Undercover 'supply sergeant' helped bring down Alaska militia", published on January 12th, 2013. The story provided a sketch of how Fulton got involved in the first place. Fulton's first assignment was to attend a gun and military surplus sale intended as a fundraiser for the Interior Alaska Conservative Coalition, which Schaeffer Cox had helped establish in Fairbanks. Cox had been trying to get in touch with Fulton, who had ignored Fulton because he thought Fulton was an idiot. The night before the event in August 2010, Fulton invited Cox to meet him at his hotel; Cox arrived accompanied by Les Zerbe, a retired missionary ranked as a captain, and another associate. Fulton claims that Cox and company discussed how they were going to go to the homes of selected enemies, cut the electricity to the house, and make enough noise to lure their main target onto the front porch, where he could be shot. Then the windows and doors would be boarded up, and the house, with the rest of the family inside, would be set on fire.

When Fulton followed up the next day, he noticed that entry controllers were wanding people to detect listening devices. Fulton said he sensed that he needed to make it apparent to everyone that he was a tough guy who could be counted on, and he went on the offensive with Cox, saying "Listen, you're a piece of.... You brought all these people in this room. You said you had a plan; you don't have a plan." The Les Zerbe walked up to Fulton, saying "You were never going to help us anyway". Fulton recounted. "I saw the doubt start to come up.... If they had for a minute mistrusted what I was saying, I probably would have been dead." He walked toward Zerbe. "I said, 'If you ever question me, I'll slit your throat and bleed you out at my feet.'" Finally, someone intervened and calmed everyone down. Fulton said he told Cox not to worry — he'd help him get what he needed.

The question is, did Fulton's provocative remarks goad the militia members into saying and doing things that they might not have otherwise said or done? Did they cross the line into "illegality" because of Fulton's provocation? This is what made the Schaeffer Cox case so troubling from a First Amendment perspective.

Today, Fulton is nowhere to be found in Alaska. The very moment that Cox and his associates were being arrested in Fairbanks in 2011, an FBI-paid moving van showed up at Fulton's door in Anchorage — stunning his wife, who until then had known nothing about his double life — and the family relocated to another state. Fulton transferred his surplus store to his partners, sold his house at a loss, changed his appearance and went dark because he feared he would have been killed immediately. While that cannot be verified, Alaska militia figures are quite put out at Fulton, with Norm Olson referring to him as "the Benedict Arnold of the Second American Revolution".

The Times reveals that Fulton is continuing to work with the FBI on other gun-related cases from his new location, and is writing a book about the improbable events that transpired in Anchorage over the last two years. Already, Norm Olson is concerned about the possibility that the Feds will assassinate Fulton and make it look like a militia hit as a false-flag scam. There's also another informative discussion thread HERE.


  1. I can see why Fulton might think he'd need to go into hiding. What a scumbag.

  2. I highly doubt Cox's Militia members would seek out "revenge" on the actor Fulton. He thinks too highly of himself. Even though some people were wronged and decieved by him these same people believe in a higher justice system than the broken justice system they were subjected to. So if he does end up dead it will definately be due to a false-flag scam - just like the rest of what he participated in.


  4. Interesting NY Times article, Rebekah, have decided to hot link it.

    It makes it look like the FBI is trying to create criminals or induce criminality.