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Herndon Man Indicted on Charges of Using Twitter to Threaten Murder of Government Officials

by Dave Emke — October 13, 2017 at 10:15 am 11 Comments

A 36-year-old Herndon man was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on charges of threatening to murder officials, officers and employees of the Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. State Department, as well as Virginia law enforcement officers.

William Lewis Weaver II is charged with two counts of threatening to assault and murder federal officials, officers and employees, as well as three counts of transmitting in interstate commerce a communication containing threats to injure the person of another. The indictment alleges that between Aug. 23 and Sept. 16, Weaver used a Twitter account to post tweets that threatened to murder a number of government officials, including specific threats involving bombs and a shotgun.

According to the affidavit (read in full), officers from the Herndon Police Department visited Weaver at his residence at least twice to ask him about his tweets.

Records received from CIA’s police department, which has law enforcement authority with respect to its facilities, indicate that on or before June 17, 2017, @WillWeaver2 posted at least one tweet that was directed at the CIA and the National Security Agency. The communication(s) was/were concerning in nature and resulted in the City of Herndon Police Department conducting a welfare check of WEAVER at his residence in Herndon, Virginia. During this meeting, WEAVER did not deny that he owns or controls @WillWeaver2, indicated that he had been intoxicated when he posted the tweet(s) in question, and did not intend to hurt anyone unless they came to his house.

The U.S. Department of State says Weaver had applied for a passport twice since February 2016, and was denied each time. One of his tweets in question read: “@StateDept You have about 2 weeks 2 get my passport 2 me before the devices set off and the shotgun blasts start. Tick-tock goes the clock.”

Other tweets that sparked investigation were directed toward the CIA, including two on the same day that read “Logic continues to dictate that bombing the cia, and shotgunning them as they line up outside the gate at work in the morn is my conclusion” and “They all line up at those gates like ducks at the county fair shooting gallery, haha. All that evil just a few shotgun blasts away from gone.”

After a federal officer visited Weaver’s home on Sept. 14, he posted a series of expletive-laden tweets over two days that included threats toward the CIA, NSA, police and military. He also allegedly visited a store in Sterling on Sept. 15 and attempted to purchase a shotgun and ammunition, which he tweeted would be for “home defence” because he “can’t trust police anymore.”

Weaver’s Twitter account has since been suspended.

  • John Smith

    Good, low life POS

  • Willie Reston

    Thanks for getting this guy off the streets. He obviously needs to be put away for a while.

  • Richard

    I guess there’ll be one fewer commenter on these comment pages for a while. Sounds like a regular.

    • Mike M

      I don;t recognize it. Death threats probably wouldn’t last long on these pages.

  • 1 in 4

    Alcohol-related psychosis spontaneously
    clears with discontinuation of alcohol use and may resume during repeated alcohol exposure. Distinguishing alcohol-related psychosis from schizophrenia or other primary psychotic disorders through clinical presentation often is difficult. etc

    • Willie Reston

      okaaaaaayyyyyyy…….

    • Mike M

      How long have you had it?

      • 1 in 4

        i m not the def and for the rec i dont
        thx to the lords

        ps “lock them up” taxpayer takes the hit. L!

        • Greg

          Do you even spell? Or grammar? Or capitalize?

    • Why do you bother?

      “Alcohol-related psychosis spontaneously
      clears with discontinuation of alcohol use”

      Not always. Prolonged alcohol abuse can permanently damage brain cells.

  • Kim C

    The complete lack of civility and self monitoring these days is out of control! Drunk or sober, when was it EVER okay to threaten to murder others, let alone “shotgun blast” CIA employees “like ducks” as they come to work in the morning. This is especially awful considering that exact thing happened in 1993. We need to find our way back to common ground, demonstrate a modicum of common sense, and civility or our civilization is surely doomed.

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