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Milo Yiannopoulos Hired "Anarchists" on Fiverr


(Posted 02/18/2017)   On CNN, UC Berkeley educator and previous Democratic Secretary of Labor Robert Reich posited the counter-Trump "anarchists" protesting Milo Yiannopoulos' speaking engagement were really an alt-right plot to defame Berkeley's liberal reputation.

"I was there for some portion of the evening, and I saw and those individuals... I could tell they were not from Berkeley," Reich said. "Those guys were outsiders. And they were too prepared, too synchronized."

"Rumors have been flying they were pro-right activists. They arrived simultaneously, as if on cue, they dressed alike, carried the same batons, wore the same masks... on a student budget? Unlikely. They dared the police to shut down the speaking event," Reich continued. "Campus police said they have never seen real protesters so well equipped in all the years of demonstrations at Berkeley."

And there's further evidence on the Internet Archive's "Wayback Machine", an indexed cache of approximately 279 billion web pages dating back decades. The freelance global online marketplace for tasks and services Fiverr contained a page by Yiannopoulos offering pranksters $250 to protest his speaking engagement as recently as January 2017. The ad specified that pyrotechnics were available and that performers would need to sign a non-disclosure agreement to be eligible for legal assistance in the event of arrests.

"Yiannopoulos is a notorious self-promoter who makes his money from controversy. He loves stunts like this, the BBC called him out on it a few years back. So Donald Trump, when he says Berkeley doesn't regard free discourse or differing opinions, that is a total bending of reality."

"You believe it's a stunt by [Milo Yiannopoulos] or right-wingers who follow him?" asked CNN host Don Lemon.

"I wouldn't bet against it," Reich said. "I saw these individuals. They all looked very... practically paramilitary. They were not from the neighborhood. I would prefer not to go on record with this, yet I've heard there was some relationship here between these individuals and Breitbart News."