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CNN CorrespondentFederal prosecutors today released details of what they called a plan by a 23 year old man to set off bombs to coincide with the Republican National Convention.
Matthew DePalma of Flint, Michigan is the suspect.
He is charged with possessing Molotov cocktails. The criminal complaint also alleges that DePalma in July 2008 (at something called the Crimethinc Convergence, which looks vaguely on-line like an Anarchists' Convention), told an FBI confidential source that he wanted to travel to the RNC to "make some bombs" and "blow sh*t up."
Later in August, the affidavit says DePalma now begin recorded on FBI audio and video, told the source that he wanted to build a chemical bomb to cause a power outage at the RNC.
He also expressed his interest in Molotov cocktails. The source apparently went with the defendant to buy gasoline and diesel fuel, and witnessed the suspect creating a "flammable gelatin" for Molotov cocktails.
Still the document indicated that the defendant indicated a power outage at the convention hall was his main purpose. He was locked up August 30th.
Not clear how far he got on the main plan. The complaint said there was cause to believe he had five Molotov cocktails in his possession when it was filed.
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