A former top Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official determined in July that violence in Portland was “organized” by individuals with an ideology defined as “Violent Antifa Anarchist Inspired,” or VAAI, according to a leaked email.
In a leaked email obtained by CBS News reporter Catherine Herridge, then-Acting Under Secretary for Intelligence & Analysis Brian Murphy wrote in an email on July 25:
We can’t say any longer that this violent situation is opportunistic. Additionally, we have overwhelmingly [sic] intelligence regarding the ideologies driving individuals toward violence and why the violence has continued. A core set of Threat actors are organized and show up night after night, and share common [Tactics, Techniques and Procedures] and drawing on like minded individuals to their cause.
Threat actors who are motivated by Anarchists or ANTIFA (or a combination of both) ideologies to carry out acts of violence against State, Local and Federal authorities