New York - Security Tightened Around AG Cuomo After Serious Death Threat
New York - A $10,000 Internet bounty was placed on Attorney General An drew Cuomo’s head by a suspected agent of the North American Man/Boy Love Association, The Post has learned.
The shocking death threat by the infamous organization of pederasts was posted three weeks ago on an Internet news-group bulletin board that originated in The Bronx, law-enforcement sources said.
The threat, described by a source as “unprecedented” because it is believed to come from an organization, prompted a sweeping and ongoing criminal probe by the Attorney General’s Office and at least one other law-enforcement organization, and subpoenas were issued, sources said.
The “reward” was offered under the headline: “$10,000 to shoot Andrew Cuomo in the face!”
“I am an official of NAMBLA, and I can confirm that we have raised the cash to reward any individual who manages to accomplish this task. Thank you,” read the message, a transcript of which was obtained by The Post.
The message, which investigators have linked to an imprisoned pervert with strong NAMBLA ties - and whom Cuomo’s office is seeking to keep behind bars under a “civil commitment” law - was spotted by a citizen who brought it to the attention of Verizon, his Internet service provider. Law-enforcement sources declined to reveal the imprisoned man’s identity.
But an informant connected to the man’s case told investigators NAMBLA is, in fact, out to kill Cuomo, sources said.
“He said he believes the death threat on the Internet is connected to an effort by NAMBLA to kill the attorney general,” an investigative source said.
“It is our understanding that people in the, and I hate to call it this, ‘pedophile community’ are angry at Cuomo’s office because he’s been making the [Internet service providers] take responsibility for policing child pornography - and he’s been very aggressive in seeking to keep NAMBLA types behind bars through civil commitment.”
Verizon security officers quickly removed the posting and notified police agencies, including Cuomo’s office, sources said.
“An aggressive criminal investigation” was then launched with subpoenas issued targeting the Internet site and the person who sent the message, the sources said.
Security around Cuomo - normally light to nonexistent - was immediately tightened.
The attorney general, who has recently garnered national and international attention through his investigation of huge bonuses paid to Merrill Lynch executives as their firm was being acquired by Bank of America, is now being accompanied during public appearances by several armed investigators who work for his office.
Criminal investigators, working with Verizon, tracked the message to a news group maintained by a woman living in a private home in The Bronx.
The woman denied any knowledge of the message, allowed investigators to examine her personal computer, and was eventually told she was not a suspect, sources said.
“She was clearly not involved,” one source said.
Investigators, meanwhile, tried to track the source of the message itself - locating a partial e-mail address - but computer-tracing efforts “led to a dead end,” according to the source.
Cuomo’s office has kept at least 75 convicted sexual predators, including several linked to NAMBLA, in state prison under a tough, new civil-commitment law approved in 2007. The measure allows sexually violent offenders to be confined even when their sentences would otherwise be up.
A Cuomo spokesman called the threat “an ongoing security matter that we take very seriously.”
Security surrounding public officials is a sensitive subject rarely discussed openly, but in early 2007, after then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer authorized State Police protection for former Gov. George Pataki, it was revealed that Pataki had been the subject of 146 “high-risk” threats during his 12 years in office.
NAMBLA, once a publicly active organization with chapters in New York City and on the West Coast, has largely been driven underground by a series of criminal prosecutions, civil lawsuits and aggressive infiltration by
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