An internet impostor has fooled dozens of followers of radical hate preacher Junaid Thorne into revealing their thirst for violence against Australian-based targets including newspaper cartoonists, Jewish groups and other innocent civilians.
Security agencies are now reviewing material gathered by the anonymous impostor who set up a fake Twitter account pretending to be Thorne this month.
Within days more than 160 people had followed the account and many discussed openly with the impostor the idea of bombing Jewish organisations based in Sydney, as well as threats to carry out Charlie Hebdo-style attacks on cartoonists Larry Pickering and Bill Leak.
Both men drew cartoons featuring the prophet Mohammed after the attack on the French satirical newspaper in January which left 12 people dead including cartoonists, journalists and police officers.
In one exchange with a Thorne follower, the impostor asked whether the individual was planning to kill Leak and Pickering.
The follower, who goes by the Twitter name IslamicStateAU, replied that they knew where the two men lived and said their addresses had been passed on to “some brothers” who would carry out the attack.
“It will be a repeat of Charlie Hebdo,” the follower said…
Note: The account IslamicStateAU has been suspended on Twitter, but the Junaid Thorne fake account is still there. The real Islamoloon Junaid Thorne has set up another Twitter account (pictured above — note the bad spelling).