INDIANAPOLIS -- The "Hacktivist" group Anonymous says it has obtained the identities of members of the Klu Klux Klan, and has plans to release the data in bulk on Thursday, and a few leaks ahead of schedule claim two Indiana politicians are connected to the white supremacist group.
Indiana Senator Dan Coats on Monday tweeted out a vehement denial of the report in which he was named.
For those who are asking - I have never had any affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan and deplore all forms of racial discrimination
A post on text-sharing site Pastebin that followed the release of some phone numbers and email addresses purporting to belong to KKK members identified four senators and five city mayors as members of the KKK. They are US Senators Dan Coats (R-IN.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), John Cornyn (R-TX.), and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and mayors Madeline Rogero of Knoxville, Tenn.; Jim Gray of Lexington, Ky.; Paul D. Fraim of Norfolk, Va.; Kent Guinn of Ocala, Fla.; and Tom Henry of Fort Wayne, Ind.
According to the International Business Times, the official Anonymous-run Twitter account behind the data leak, Operation KKK, distanced itself from the leaked list with a now-deleted tweet about "due diligence" and discouraging "the circulation of disinformation".
They tweeted this Monday, continuing that sentiment:
We respect the work of our fellow freedom fighters. However, we are unable to confirm, deny or take credit for any work that we did not do.