How Police Hunted Down an Ontario Terror Suspect from Anonymous Online Posts
Ten weeks after the October 2014 terrorist attacks that targeted Canadian soldiers in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. and Ottawa, the so-called Islamic State received an encrypted message from Ontario.
“In Canada there’s a school called Canadian Royal Military College in Kingston,” it began. “Loads of students dressed in military uniform. I believe they have some agreement to serve in army after graduation.”
“All over town students walk around in uniform. They’re probably unarmed, but there is police squad cars constantly roaming the city, more than regular cities,” read the Jan. 2, 2015 dispatch. “It’s kind of important on my end to let me know when you’ve read.”
When the RCMP came across the message during an investigation, they had a problem. It appeared that someone had visited the military college of the Canadian Armed Forces and sent his observations to ISIS.
To make matters worse, the message had allegedly been forwarded to Reyaad Khan, a prolific ISIS attack planner behind several terrorist plots against the West, who had passed it on to a Canadian ISIS fighter.
If the RMC was a possible target, who had written the message? It had originated from the account of “Frank Dumberton,” on the encrypted social messaging application Surespot. So who was Frank Dumberton?