FBI Arrests Man Who Sent Liberal Journalist A Tweet That Allegedly Caused A Seizure
A tweet has led to an arrest — three months after it was sent.
Back on Dec. 15, Vanity Fair contributing editor and Newsweek senior writer Kurt Eichenwald shared that someone had targeted him with a strobing tweet. The flashing tweet, sent by a Twitter user going by the handle @jew_goldstein, gave the journalist a seizure. He is a known epileptic and Eichenwald believed he had been targeted for his political views.
Last night, for the second time, a deplorable aware I have epilepsy tweeted a strobe at me with the message "you deserve a seizure' on it...
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) December 16, 2016
After the harrowing Twitter experience, he posted he was taking a breather from the platform and pursuing legal action against the violent tweeter.
Fast-forward a few months and on Friday morning Eichenwald posted (on Twitter, where he returned earlier this year) that the FBI had arrested the person believed to be behind the @jew_goldstein Twitter account.
After a 3 month investigation, the FBI this morning arrested the man who assaulted me using a strobe on twitter that triggered a seizure.
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) March 17, 2017
A call to Eichenwald's attorney Steven Lieberman on Friday morning confirmed that a man was arrested in Maryland on Friday morning in connection with the strobing tweet. An FBI spokeswoman also confirmed the arrest.