ABC News reports:
The FBI has arrested a U.S. soldier who allegedly discussed plans to bomb a major American news network, planned to travel to Ukraine to fight with violent far-right group Azov Battalion and allegedly distributed information online on how to build bombs. He also allegedly suggested targeting Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke.
According to charging documents in the case, Jarrett William Smith, who transferred to Fort Riley, Kansas, in July, joined the U.S. military only after first expressing his desire to fight in Ukraine.
On Aug. 19, 2019, Smith allegedly spoke with an FBI informant in an online chat group and discussed a plan for an attack inside the U.S., his search for more “radicals” like himself, and the possibility of killing members of the group Antifa.
During a Facebook chat, Smith allegedly offered to teach other Facebook users how to make cellphone explosive devices “in the style of the Afghans,” officials said.
“Oh yeah, I got knowledge of IEDs for days,” Smith allegedly wrote. He also explained in a chat how to create an explosive substance using the heads of matches, according to a criminal complaint.
“On Aug. 19, 2019, Smith told an undercover investigator he was looking for ‘radicals’ like himself,” the DOJ said in a press release. “Smith talked about killing members of Antifa and destroying nearby cell towers or a local news station.”