InfoWars accidentally sent child porn to lawyers representing Sandy Hook parents

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InfoWars was reported to the FBI after inadvertently turning over child porn to the law firm representing the Sandy Hook families, according to new court documents the lawyers submitted Monday.  

The porn was found among electronic files that InfoWars had been ordered to hand over to the lawfirm as part of an ongoing lawsuit by the families, whose children had been killed in the 2012 school shooting. After discovering the illicit images among the files the lawyers filed a report with the FBI and, on Monday, requested the court take immediate action.

“This court has an obligation to protect the attorneys, parties and the judicial process,” the lawyers wrote.

Despite initial confusion online, owing to poorly written headlines suggestive that Jones had solicited the images, it quickly became clear that, in fact, he likely did not know the images were within the file bundle when he turned it over, unreviewed, to the plaintiffs’ lawyers.

The news comes days after the conspiracy theorist alleged that his company had been the target of a malware attack which planted the child porn on their servers.

In an episode of Jones’ show on Friday, his lawyer Norm Pattis explained to viewers that the FBI had been investigating InfoWars for several weeks after 12 emails sent to InfoWars were discovered to contain illicit images of children. The FBI confirmed that no InfoWars staff members had viewed the emails.

Jones insisted that the porn was a set-up and offered a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest of the person behind the attack. He went on to point a finger at both Sandy Hook lawyer Christopher Mattei and the Democratic Party.

“You’re trying to set me up with child porn, I’ll get your ass,” Jones ranted. “One million dollars, you little gang members. One million dollars to put your head on a pike… I’m not into kids like your Democratic party, you cocksuckers. I don’t like having sex with children, I would never have sex with children.”

A hearing on the matter has been scheduled for June 18.

Read the filing in full here.

This article has been updated for clarity.

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David Gilmour

David Gilmour

David Gilmour is a reporter who specializes in national politics, internet culture, and technology.