The FBI has been collecting information on Americans who have been helping the migrant caravans heading to the US-Mexico border, and is now investigating an alleged plot by “anti-fascist activists” to purchase weapons from a Mexican drug cartel.
The San Diego Union-Tribune received the unclassified FBI report from a source wishing to remain anonymous. The paper confirmed the investigation is ongoing with two additional law enforcement sources.
The investigation stems from a December 2018 scheme by the cartel to sell the weapons to activists. The man at the center of the investigation is Ivan Riebeling, described in the report as a “Mexico-based cartel associate known as Cobra Commander.” The report claimed the activists sought to “stage an armed rebellion at the border,” the paper reported.
These activists “planned to disrupt U.S. law enforcement and military security operations at the US/Mexican border,” according to the report.
The report, according to the Union-Tribune, stated that it was “an information report, not finally evaluated intelligence” and instructed agencies that received it “not to take action based on this raw reporting without prior coordination with the FBI.” The report had been sent to numerous government agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), CIA, NSA, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Riebeling told the Union-Tribune that the report was “absurd.”
“It doesn’t make any sense that someone from the United States would purchase guns in Mexico. And the Hondurans certainly didn’t bring money to buy guns. It doesn’t make any sense; in fact it’s extremely absurd to say the Hondurans wanted to attack the United States at the border,” he said.
“I am not cartel. I don’t sell drugs. I don’t sell arms,” he added. “I’m a revolutionary. A man who believes in his ideals, and I’m going to defend Mexico.”
Another man named in the report said he had never met Riebeling and would not have associated with such a person.
“We were warned to look out for [Riebeling],” the man said. “We took the precaution to find out who he was and where he was, but we never had any contact with him. And we never saw him around the migrant caravan.”
Both men appear in a database of people monitored by ICE, CBP, and DHS that was reported on by NBC San Diego in March. The Union-Tribune reported that Reibeling is described as an “instigator” in the database and the other man’s name and picture were on file.
The report dropped just hours before CNN host Chris Cuomo called the anti-fascist group “a good cause,” as The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra previously reported.
Cuomo made the comments as two contributors pointed out the group is just the opposite.
“Chris, Antifa is not a good cause,” said CNN’s Steve Cortes. “Antifa does not have good aims, Antifa wants power, wants political power, taken through force. That’s what Antifa is all about.”
The Daily Caller also reminded readers that former Vice President Joe Biden launched his presidential campaign in part by praising Antifa, referring to those who showed up in Charlottesville, VA, and engaged in a violent confrontation with white supremacists as “a courageous group of Americans.”