Michigan Man Threatens CNN Employees
A Michigan man, reportedly upset over "fake news," is accused of calling CNN's headquarters in Atlanta several times and threatening to kill employees.
A federal affidavit shows Brandon Griesemer, who is from Novi, Michigan, a Detroit suburb, made 22 calls to CNN Jan. 9-10, CNN reports. Four of the calls, which CNN says were recorded, included threats against the network's employees.
According to WGCL Channel 46, the affidavit says Griesemer told a CNN operator: "Fake news. I'm coming to gun you all down."
In another call, he said: "I'm smarter than you. More powerful than you. I have more guns than you. More manpower. Your cast is about to get gunned down in a matter of hours. ... I am coming to Georgia right now to go to the CNN headquarters to f---ing gun every single last one of you."
CNN reports Griesemer also made disparaging remarks about Jews and African-Americans. In September, he reportedly called an Islamic center in Ann Arbor, Mich., and made derogatory comments about Muslims and the mosque.
He was released on a $10,000 bond after being charged in federal court last week with transmitting interstate communications with the intent to extort and threat to injure. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to five years in prison.