Analysis concludes Antifa provoked shooting of Ashli Babbitt at Capitol

Ashli Babbitt

CORRECTED Jan. 13, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. EST: Based on fact checks by AFP and Lead Stories, this story has been corrected to include comments from the FBI indicating there was “no credible intelligence suggesting Antifa involvement in Wednesday’s criminal activity” at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. The text of the story has been amended to remove the “Antifa” name. The original headline of “Analysis concludes Antifa provoked shooting of Ashli Babbitt at Capitol” has been amended to: “Video analysis suggests ‘agitators’ provoked shooting of Ashli Babbitt at Capitol.” The original subheadline has been changed from “The ones who were agitating the crowd were not Trump supporters” to: “FBI maintains: ‘No credible intelligence suggesting Antifa involvement.'”

AMENDED REPORT:

After an analysis of videos of the death of Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt at the U.S. Capitol, a Japanese investigative reporter said she found evidence that leftist “agitators” who were among the Trump supporters inside the building provoked the fatal gunshot from a police officer.

Japanese reporter Misako Ganaha explained in a video interview with Epoch Times reporter Joshua Philipp on his “Crossroads” program that she analyzed two lengthy videos, affording two different angles of the incident near the House chamber.

One of the videos was posted by a “Jayden X,” who was later identified as Antifa organizer John Sullivan of Utah.

D.C. police said the unnamed officer who shot Babbitt, a 35-year-old San Diego resident, was a plainclothes Capitol Police officer.

The FBI’s Washington Field Office, which is investigating the storming of the Capitol, has declared there is “no credible intelligence suggesting Antifa involvement in Wednesday’s criminal activity.”

Ganaha argued that just prior to the shooting, two men who had been “agitating” the crowd broke the glass on a set of doors.

Immediately after the glass was broken, a shot was fired as Babbitt attempted to go through the doors.

Suspiciously, she said, one of the men who broke the glass can be seen going partway down a stairway and stopping to change into clothing he had stored in a backpack.

ORIGINAL REPORT:

An analysis of videos of the death of Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt at the U.S. Capitol indicates Antifa activists provoked the fatal gunshot from a police officer.

Japanese investigator Misako Ganaha explained in a video interview with Epoch Times reporter Joshua Philipp on his “Crossroads” program that she analyzed two lengthy videos, affording two different angles of the incident near the House chamber.

One of the videos was posted by a “Jayden X,” who was later identified as Antifa organizer John Sullivan of Utah.

D.C. police said the unnamed officer who shot Babbitt, a 35-year-old San Diego resident, was a plainclothes Capitol Police officer.

Ganaha pointed out to that just prior to the shooting, two men who had been agitating the crowd broke the glass on a set of doors.

Immediately after the glass was broken, a shot was fired as Babbitt attempted to go through the doors.

One of the men who broke the glass can be seen going down a stairway and changing into clothing he had stored in a backback.

Ganaha, who lives in Okinawa, Japan, said it was clear to her that the two men were not Trump supporters.

She said she’s seen the same Marxist “agitate and divide” tactics employed by leftists in her home country.

Clearly there were Trump supporters inside the Capitol building, she said, but “the ones who were leading the crowd, or agitating the crowd, were not Trump supporters,” she said.

“I think they had a plan.”

An important part of the tactic, she said, is for somone in collaboration with the agitators to serve as a “witness” to mainstream media, which tells the story “without analyzing.”

Media simply repeats what the witness says, explained Ganaha, “so the world does not know the truth.”

“The world is watching and we should know what the truth is,” she told Phillip. “And, then we can move on to what to think or what to decide, what to talk, what do next.

“We just need the truth.”

Sullivan, who posted one of the videos, told media that Antifa had organized an event at the same time and location as the pro-Trump rally.

He insisted in a video he posted Friday to Periscope that he was inside the Capitol building only “to record.”

“I was there to let people see that situation in the best possible way,” claimed Sullivan, the founder of a group called Insurgence USA.

He asserted in an interview with Fox 13 in Salt Lake City that his video disproves those who claim Antifa members dressed as Trump supporters invaded the Capitol.

He said he was detained and questioned by the FBI but was not charged with any crime. In June, Sullivan was arrested for organizing a protest in Provo, Utah, where a person was shot.

On Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer urged the FBI and DHS to place everyone who invaded the Capitol on Jan. 6 on the no-fly list as “insurrectionists.”

See Philipp’s interview with Ganaha:

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