QAnon adherents “discussed posing as US National Guard soldiers” to try to infiltrate the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, The Washington Post has cited an FBI intelligence report as saying.
The report pointed out that QAnon members believed “it would be easy for them to infiltrate secure areas” during the swearing-in ceremony, adding “concerns of lone wolf actors are [also] increasing”.
The FBI has not commented on the matter yet.
QAnon is a conspiracy theory alleging that US President Donald Trump is fighting a cabal of Satan-worshiping, deep-state elites that includes politicians such as Hillary Clinton and investor George Soros, as well as Hollywood stars, who together run a massive child sex-trafficking ring and cannibalistic cult.
Other ideas the group reportedly spreads are that the COVID-19 pandemic is a hoax or that industrial bleach is an effective treatment for the coronavirus.
The alleged FBI warning about QAnon adherents comes a day after acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller said in a statement that the Pentagon had not received any intelligence information about a potential insider threat to the Biden inauguration.
He added that the Department of Defense is “leaving no stone unturned in securing the Capitol”, and that all National Guard troops deployed to Washington, DC will be vetted.
“We appreciate the support of the FBI in assisting with this task and for each of the more than 25,000 Guardsmen who answered their nation’s call and rapidly deployed to the [National Capital Region]”, the Pentagon chief stressed.
Reports earlier emerged that the Pentagon had called on the FBI to vet National Guard troops in Washington, DC amid allegations participants in the 6 January Capitol siege could have been helped by those assigned to protect the building for Joe Biden’s inauguration.