I would like to make two things clear in response to this sloppy, error-strewn hit piece, which makes a number of appalling and untrue allegations about my supposedly enthusiastic co-operation with the Anti-Defamation League’s lawyers in their “Unite the Right” civil lawsuit and, even more grotesquely, with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Firstly, the ADL’s lawyers in Sines v. Kessler subpoenaed me. I don’t have a choice whether or not to engage with them. I am legally compelled to produce relevant materials I might possess—or I go to jail. Now, it just so happens that I am not producing anything, because I don’t have what they are looking for. But they approached me, threatening me unless I helped them out. It’s important that this is clear to observers.
I am guilty of leading the ADL’s lawyers on in emails, because I was intrigued about the lawsuit and wanted to probe them to figure out how bad it was going to get for Spencer. I met with them once at their offices in the Empire State Building, out of gleeful curiosity, after offering vague promises to help them in order to secure the meeting.
I have not met with them since, and I won’t ever again now that they have, in court filings, wrongly, libelously, stupidly and revoltingly described me as a former ally of Spencer’s, a description they know has never been true. The irony of the Anti-Defamation League spreading falsehoods about people will not be lost on readers—but by now we are all quite well accustomed to their disreputable, politically partisan tactics.
Secondly, the FBI approached me after I dropped an audio clip of Spencer in November 2019 on YouTube, and not the other way around. I met with them once, merely to make sure I was not the target of any investigation. I provided them with no additional material, then or since. The first the FBI hears of new Spencer leaks from me is when they get a YouTube notification, just like everyone else.
I have always despised Richard Spencer, on both personal and ideological grounds, and he has always despised me. Spencer was paid $10,000 in 2016 to stage a video that made it look like I—a gay, Jewish journalist—was knowingly singing to a room of Nazis throwing up Hitler salutes. This dishonest clip, which has placed me and my family in grave physical danger, horrified me when it was published some time later by Buzzfeed.
Spencer has had it coming from me ever since, and I take great pleasure in his ongoing misery and my role in contributing to it, such as that notorious November 2019 clip, in which he rants in ugly, unhinged, hateful language. I have made no secret of the fact that I will assist whomever comes asking with material disclosures if I think they will damage, impoverish or endanger him.
I will make common cause with anyone who shares my goal of destroying Spencer’s life. My vindictiveness and pettiness on this subject know no limits. However, as a practical matter of fact, my machinations against him to date have only consisted of releasing audio and video on YouTube, such as a video that came into my possession in April 2020 showing Spencer yelling “Sieg Heil,” and which I immediately posted online.
The vast coffers funding Sines v. Kessler would be most prudently spent investigating Richard Spencer’s obviously intimate connections with various intelligence and law enforcement agencies, and determining the sources of his funding. I stand ready to assist them in this quest, despite everything, because while I may hold the ADL in contempt, I will hate Richard Spencer until the day I die.
Milo Yiannopoulos is an award-winning investigative reporter and the New York Times-bestselling author of DANGEROUS.