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On July 2, Canadian authorities announced the arrest of two Canadian-born citizens in a terror plot involving pressure cooker bombs. The two suspects, who were “inspired by al Qaeda ideology,” targeted a public gathering at the British Columbia Legislature in Victoria on Canada Day, July 1.
Over the past few days, details have emerged on the two suspects, John Stuart Nuttall and Amanda Marie Korody, who authorities said had “self-radicalized.” On July 3, Threat Matrix examined some of the couple’s online activities, in particular those related to Nuttall’s music career in a variety of punk bands.
Canadian news accounts since have reported the existence of more accounts tied to both Korody and Nuttall. These accounts provide few, if any, indications of jihadist sympathies. Korody, like Nuttall, used to operate a Myspace account. In 2005, Korody was also active on Flickr and Live Journal. Neighbors have also suspected that in the past Korody acted as a prostitute, in some cases posting on Craigslist, according to the CBC.
But other social media accounts tied to the couple which were active within the last year provided more worrying signs. The most prominent example is the couple’s activities on YouTube. Additionally, media reports have suggested that posts in a paintball forum could have also provided signals for authorities.
According to Canadian press reports, Nuttall was active on YouTube, where he adopted the username “ana nimity.” The account is linked to Korody’s Google account. While it is possible that the two suspects both used the account, it appears Nuttall was behind most of the posts.
In many of the postings under the “ana nimity” username there were numerous diatribes against the United States and Israel. For example, in one posting within the last year, one of the suspects wrote, “Muslims are the only ones brave enough to stand against the tyrannical USA and Israeli gov who command them.” In another posting, one of the two wrote, “Tell united snakes of america and israhell to be peacefull. An eye for an eye, and usa and Israel will be a distant memory inshAllah soon!”
Korody or Nuttall also denounced Canadian Prime Minister Harper. “F*** you harper you racist Islamophobe. F*** you from BC Canaduh eh….,” one of the two wrote in the comments on one YouTube video.
In another comment about nine months ago, one of the two wrote that they wanted to “live in a Muslim country so bad. I hate this sinful place [Canada].” In a separate post, Korody or Nuttall said they would rather kick an American soldier’s “face in for killing people and being a marauding, raping and pillaging,” rather than shake their hand. Additionally, about nine months ago, someone behind the account denounced Salman Rushdie, whom they referred to as a “kafir.”
Responding to a comment that the Prophet Mohammed was a “flaming homosexual,” Nuttall or Korody (more likely Nuttall) wrote: “Hey kafir, you wanna say that to my face? I live in Surrey BC Vancouver , I will meet you on the corner of 99th and 120th on the train tracks. I cant wait to meet you kafir. I am a Mujahid and inshAllah I will die a Shaheed! Call me so we can set this up kaffir mushriqun. My number is 604-655-5470 ask for John. But by the sounds of you, I may as well march my wife up there to fight you. Im waiting ….” The phone number listed was also used by Nuttall on the paintball forum.