Meet the Watchdogs Exposing the Capitol Rioters

Capitol Terrorists Exposers has been quietly supplying information to a number of major news outlets

Max Ufberg
GEN
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5 min readFeb 19, 2021

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Men belonging to the Oath Keepers at the Capitol on January 6. Photo: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images

Over the past few days, a number of outlets, including the New York Times and the New Yorker, have published bombshell investigations identifying rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6 as members of far-right factions, military veterans, and in some cases, former security detail for Trump ally Roger Stone. In those pieces, reporters cited the research done by Capitol Terrorists Exposers, an online group that monitors the far-right, as being instrumental in the identification process. Little else is known about the loosely organized collective, though it appears they’ve quietly been a key source of information on one of the most significant stories of our time.

GEN tracked down one of the group’s co-founders, a Europe-based researcher who agreed to an interview on condition of anonymity.

GEN: How did the group come together?

Capitol Terrorists Exposers: My co-founder and I started on Twitter because we were looking at this video of Oath Keepers going up the stairs on the east side of the Capitol. We were just talking and having public Twitter conversations. We were like, “Okay, we have to figure out who these…

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Max Ufberg
GEN
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