In a seven-count indictment announced Thursday, William A. White was charged with threatening five people in the United States and Canada and with attempting to intimidate participants in a federal housing discrimination lawsuit in Virginia Beach.
White, who owns Roanoke rental property and calls himself commander of the Roanoke-based American National Socialist Workers Party, has attracted widespread attention with Internet postings that seem to call for attacks on blacks and Jews. The black teens charged with assault in Jena, La., author Elie Wiesel, columnist Leonard Pitts, president-elect Barack Obama and journalists at The Roanoke Times, among many others, have been subjects of White's posts in recent years. White says his posts are satire and protected free speech.
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