Identity Evropa’s Propagandist | 14 March 2019

No bloody thanks at all to Medium.

When the Identity Evropa Discord leaks dropped at Unicorn Riot last week, I went straight for the social media coordinator, expecting him to suffer, as do most social media coordinators, from the Awlaki Dilemma, and I was not disappointed.

Identity Evropa’s social media coordinator “Brunswick” is one Michael Vespa, formerly of Raritan Valley Community College, now at Rutgers. He is a member of the Rutgers College Republicans. The leaked transcripts reveal that IE had a coordinated plan to join College Republicans clubs to turn those organizations towards fascism and white nationalism. It seems likely they will continue this project as the American Identity Movement.

After I identified Michael Vespa, I attempted to contact the Rutgers College Republicans hoping to give them an opportunity to take action against this neo-Nazi infiltrator before I exposed him publicly. I never received an answer. If you’re a college or other Republican concerned about this kind of fascist entryism, please reach out. I’d like to help you however I can.

Identifying Evropa

Michael Vespa was identifiable because he was not adequately concerned with infiltrators in the server. He reveals his real name himself, in a discussion from 9 November 2017 about a dispute he’s having with the administration at the community college he attends (reformatted for clarity):

2017-11-09 22:21:11
The first pastebin explains how my 1st amendment rights and freedom of speech has been denied by my college who is threatening to expel me
As that is going on I was a member of my college’s Student Government Association which chose to unconstitutionally kick me out to appease The Office of Multicultural Affairs
If any of you guys want to shoot an email to the officers listed in the 2nd pastebin it can affect their views. I recommend not being edgy or confrontational, they will listen to people who are concerned or worried

2017-11-09 22:31:13
I’d recommend you make it easier for us.
I’m not reading through that stuff, most people aren’t. we trust you.
just post who to email, more or less what to say, I’ll do it.

2017-11-09 22:40:31
the emails are all in the 2nd link

2017-11-09 22:41:28
concerning what to say would be just express concern that Michael Vespa is being removed from SGA, that its unneccesary, he doesn’t deserve it, he dindu nuttin, is that legal?

James Moore - TX
2017-11-09 23:03:29
Hey @Brunswick I want to help and get those e-mails sent. I’m new to IE, so I have not been following what’s been happening to you. Your school is Raritan Valley CC… correct?

2017-11-09 23:04:35

The Pastebins link to Vespa’s account of his dispute with the administration. I haven’t attempted to verify it, since I am not interested in Vespa’s personal life, merely in where and how his organization operates.

A search for “Michael Vespa Raritan Valley Community College” will not bring up any further details of the incident, but it does reveal an article in the college paper about Vespa’s SGA campaign and another about the College Republicans club he founded.

How Do You Do Fellow Young Republicans

Vespa founded the RVCC College Republicans as part of IE’s effort to target College Republican organizations with their entryist tactics. Vespa appears to be involved both as a local operative, and nationally in his capacity as social media coordinator. A search for “College Republicans” in the transcripts turns up several conversations about this project, including one reproduced below, which describes an IE Discord server disguised as a forum for young Republicans.

2018-02-14 04:12:04
If anyone is interested in helping build up the CR server being made feel free to pop in and check it out. Drop a link in your chapters groupme or groupchat if you want as well. DO NOT have any overtly alt right usernames or profile pics

Suomi Stronk
2018-02-14 04:13:10
“Why hello my fellow Republicans”

2018-02-14 04:14:57
@Brunswick What is the official reason for the server?

2018-02-14 04:20:19
It was made by a few IE guys to centralize young republicans into a discord where we have a presence

Deleted User
2018-02-14 04:20:44
That’s a good idea
Any “conservative” discord run by our guys is a good idea

2018-02-14 04:22:04
So is it being presented as an unofficial College Republicans Discord?

2018-02-14 04:23:15
technically unofficial but we want it to be nationwide nonetheless
we have some guys from IE who have connections working to promote it

2018-02-14 04:24:20
I know the UWCR president
Should I get him and his guys in it?

2018-02-14 04:27:47
Sure if you can
its a bit sleepy atm but thats why we need people in there to get it awake

Sam Anderson
2018-02-14 10:00:39
Just popped in there. Put on my conservative hat again for the first time in a while. Basic bitch >rhetoric here we come.

Vespa has since transferred to Rutgers, where he has once again insinuated himself amongst the College Republicans.

2018-12-17 23:37:45
I’m looking forward to another semester of college republicans
We have a few guys at Rutgers already and i’ll likely become an officer in the club next semester

The extent of his activism with the College Republicans is unclear. An op-ed by a Michael Vespa appears on the Daily Targum: it holds up charity and volunteerism as alternatives to state welfare, and makes no mention of race. The Michael Vespa of the op-ed is a junior studying political science, which fits with Brunswick’s transfer date and his major as listed in the RVCC graduation in 2018. If the Michael Vespa of the op-ed is indeed Brunswick, the op-ed would appear to be another example of IE’s Republican-focused entryist tactics.

Ain’t No Threat Like An Insider Threat

The sad tale of Mr Vespa also sheds light on IE’s operational insecurity. We don’t know how Unicorn Riot got the transcripts, but it seems more likely that it was through weaknesses in IE’s vetting process than through an intrusion (on the internet, nobody knows you’re an antifa). IE’s process remains opaque, but their mistakes are easy to see:

Insider threat is hard to mitigate, but it can be managed. Even if the leadership’s vetting was poor, individual members might have avoided compromise by refraining from the use of real names and from sharing certain personally-identifiable data like profession or location.

Update: 29 May 2019

Michael Vespa believes that this has blown over and that he can safely remake his LinkedIn, but T. Callum was watching. The new page provides additional evidence that he is the author of the Daily Targum op-ed.

Screenshot 29 May 2019