Radical left-wing activists at the University of California, Berkeley have perpetrated a cyber attack against the College Republicans chapter, by releasing members’ private information online in retaliation for inviting Milo Yiannopoulos to speak on campus.
At least five members of the Berkeley GOP chapter had their personal information published by a left-wing activist group called “Northern California Anti-Racist Action.” The information includes their full names, contact information, photos, right-wing and pro-Trump social media posts, and in one case a workplace address.
In an article titled “The Kids are Alt-Right: The UC Berkeley Republican Students Behind the Milo Event”—the “anti-racism” group explains that the list is an effort to expose “white supremacists and fascist students using the guise of ‘free speech’ to encourage hate and violence against those already marginalized and oppressed.”
Students on the list criticized the group for inaccuracies. Campus senior Nick Wintered, who was accused of attending neo-Nazi events, told the Daily Californian that he isn’t affiliated with Berkeley College Republicans, nor does he know anyone else on the list.
He also added that the slanderous article misidentified someone in a screenshot of a video as him and claimed that he attended a white nationalist rally.
A member of the College Republicans chapter at Berkeley, Matt Ronnau, was also included on the list. He claimed that he hasn’t been involved with the event for Yiannopoulos scheduled for February. Since the publication of the list, Ronnau has set his Facebook account to private.
“The article is wrong in the moral sense and in the factual sense,” Ronnau said. “When I didn’t know (that I was named), I thought it would be interesting but then seeing my information on there was … a little scary,” he added.
In response to the attack, Berkeley College Republicans put out a statement on Facebook claiming they “were subject to a malicious attack by self-styled ‘anti-fascists’ protesting our decision to invite Milo Yiannopoulos to speak at UC Berkeley.”
ASUC President Will Morrow also posted a response on Facebook, claiming the left-wing group’s attack constitutes so-called doxxing. “It is a dangerous precedent in an academic environment for student groups to be subjected to harassment and cyber doxxing based on political affiliation,” Morrow said. “This goes beyond any singular political frame or any one event context—rather this is something that the foundation of our university is in many ways built on.”