British Columbian man charged with threatening death to CNN presenter

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British Columbian man charged with threatening death to CNN presenter

CNN presenter Erin Burnett has been the target of a campaign of death threats believed to be linked to a Surrey man, in British Columbia.

A Surrey, British Columbia man is accused of threatening CNN anchor Erin Burnett and her family, who live in New York City, through social media. He is scheduled to appear in provincial court on Friday.

Nicholas Ryan Hedgecoe Sullivan, 38, faces five counts of uttering death threats against Erin Burnett, her family and CNN employees, on online platforms Twitter and YouTube.

The charges, which cover a period from May 2021 to June 2022, are brought following an investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), New York City Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). ) of the United States.

According to the Surrey RCMP, the fact that certain behaviors are commonly accepted online does not constitute a shield against prosecution.

Some people may think that when they are on social media platforms they are anonymous and that if they are involved in this type of behavior where they are making death threats towards someone, it is not There will be no consequences, explains Constable Sarbjit Sangha, spokesperson for the Surrey RCMP.

As you can see in this investigation, there are serious consequences when you are involved in posting threats to cause serious harm to someone, no matter where that person lives and where you live, she added.

“When you go to a social media site and threaten someone's life […] it is taken very seriously, it's a criminal offence.

—Sarbjit Sangha, Spokesperson, Surrey RCMP

The charges were laid last week. YouTube and Twitter have both suspended accounts managed by Nicholas Sullivan.

According to documents obtained by CBC/Radio-Canada last month, Nicholas Sullivan somehow believed he was protected due to the pervasive nature of internet abuse.

I'm fuming like everyone else. world. I am not a credible threat, he reportedly told investigators. I don't know if I can be accused of cursing on the Internet like everyone else.

According to a search warrant, the RCMP first received a complaint about him in May 2021, initiated by an email from Google to Interpol.

The platforms YouTube and Twitter have both suspended the accounts managed by the accused.

Police returned to the man's apartment in March 2022 after the FBI contacted the RCMP to report a YouTube user threatening mass murder at CNN headquarters in New York. York.

In late June, NYPD contacted the RCMP after receiving a complaint from John Teehan, Director of Executive Protection and Special Events for Warner Brothers Discovery, the company that owns CNN.

John Teehan claims that Erin Burnett had been the subject of multiple threats from a handful of Twitter accounts which all appeared to be run by the same user.

According to court documents, RCMP believe Nicholas Sullivan has a possible brain injury and mental health issues, but police determined that he did not meet the criteria to charge under the Mental Health Act.

None of these allegations have been proven in court.

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