FBI Nabs Social Media Consultant
A San Francisco political and marketing consultant who took to social media to deny he was a terrorist was arrested Monday evening by the FBI.
Ryan Chamberlain was arrested “right under the Golden Gate Bridge,” an anonymous source told ABC News, although it was not confirmed if he was on foot or driving his car at the time of the arrest.
“We had been close to him all afternoon,” the source said. “We never could quite get to where he was. We would find out he was in a particular location 10 or 15 minutes after he was there. He was working his way through the city.”
The case of Ryan Chamberlain has been shrouded in mystery since his apartment was raided by the FBI early Saturday morning. Without explaining why the raid was conducted, agents initially claimed they had found a large stash of ricin, the substance used in some terrorist attacks, in his home. Subsequent tests proved the powder was not ricin. Officials then charged Chamberlain with possession of explosives, without saying what kind they were or what he wanted to do with them.
Both the affidavit and the search warrant in the case have been under seal since Saturday, when the FBI raid on Chamberlain’s home was held.
FBI spokesman Peter Lee downgraded the threat Chamberlain posed to the general public late Sunday when he said the suspect “has not made any threats that I know of.”
“There is no threat to public safety at this time that we know of,” Lee said.
Chamberlain made adept use of his social media skills, posting a 3-page letter to Facebook on Monday detailing his downward spiral into depression, fueled by a love affair and political and business deals that went bad.
“In the span of a few months, everything that mattered to me betrayed me,” Chamberlain explains in his letter.
Chamberlain also suspected his online dive into the darker side of the Internet, fueled by his depression, may have put him on a watchlist.
“I got dark. I got real dark. I explored myriad ways I could put an end to what I was going through,” he wrote. “I binged-watched dark TV, sometimes didn’t get off the couch for days, and scoured the Internet absorbing fuel for morbid fantasies. Some of that activity seemed to attract the attention of some visitors today … who have made it rather evident that this is the end of the line for me.”