The State Department has put on leave an employee of its energy
bureau after reports that he has been an active member of a white
supremacist group for more than five years, two sources familiar with
the situation said on Thursday.
Matthew Gebert, a foreign affairs officer for the department’s Bureau
of Energy Resources, was linked to the Washington D.C.-area chapter of a
white supremacist organization and published racist propaganda online,
according to a report published Wednesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate speech.
In a May 2018 episode of a white nationalist podcast, Gebert,
speaking under a pseudonym, called for white people to establish “a
country of our own with nukes, and we will retake this thing lickety
split,” according to the SPLC report.
“We need a country founded for white people with a nuclear deterrent.
And you watch how the world trembles,” the report quoted him saying.
Attempts to contact Gebert were unsuccessful. Twitter accounts that
SPLC described in its report as belonging to Gebert and that have posted
anti-Semitic and pro-Nazi messages were deleted as of Wednesday
A State Department spokesperson did not reply to questions about Gebert‘s employment status...
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