NEW: The complaint against Cody Mattice and James Mault has now been unsealed. The role of open-source research is pretty clear here. (Thread)…
“Cody from Rochester" was a pretty good lead.
Tips about James Mault came in pretty early.
The FBI interviewed Mault's mom, who said she drove him down to D.C.
Mault was interviewed by the FBI on Jan. 18.

"Mault claimed to not know who the unknown male."

Mmmhmm. Phone records showed otherwise.
Here's where Cody's wife's Facebook comes into play:
Here's where it's clear the feds checked the hashtags. #FenceSnatcher #SeditionHunters
They check the body cams, and they combine that with the open-source info complied by sleuths:
And there you have it, case wrapped up in a bow.
Uploaded the primary source document here:…

HuffPost’s story here:…
James Mault was arrested in North Carolina last week.
No record of Mault in any of the federal districts in North Carolina, so it’s unclear if the government is seeking his detention or if he’s currently in detention.

But here’s something that seems to confirm the work of a sleuth: he was arrested at Fort Bragg.
Correcting above: Mault’s mom told the FBI that her husband (not her) drove her adult son and his buddies to D.C. in a bus.
To close the loop:…

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15 Oct
The government has provided videos filmed by Capitol defendant Brian McCreary, who pleaded guilty today.
Chief Judge Beryl Howell asked the government to submit the videos as evidence, and she really did the feds a solid here. Just a goldmine for online sleuths. Here’s video no. 2. #SeditionHunters
Because they’re submitted as evidence in a court proceeding, any media outlet can now use these videos, which offer an up-close look at the violence and chaos that day.
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Here’s some drone footage from near the Washington Monument during the Trump rally.
Wait for it…
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14 Oct

In June, U.S. Army Sargent James Mault reenlisted, swearing to “defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

Months earlier, on Jan. 6, he’d attacked cops at the U.S. Capitol.

Story w/ @letsgomathias:…
When James Mault rejoined the Army, his photo was featured on the FBI’s Capitol Violence wanted page, and he knew he was under FBI investigation (because he spoke them).…
Judge: "His re-enlistment in the Army came after the apparent loss of the job he had been doing in New York because of his participation in the events of 6 January 2021.”…
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14 Oct
When the FBI showed up to Tom Bostic's door to investigate his daughter Meghan Rutledge for storming the Capitol, they say he was wearing "the same blue flannel shirt" he wore on Jan. 6. ImageImage
Meghan Rutledge got some shots of “George Washington” (who has been charged).… Image
As well as #CaesarNoSalad, who has also been charged.…. Image
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14 Oct
One of McCreary's co-workers from Domino’s gave the FBI a photo from the internet that had been photoshopped to include a meme in the background. It's a pretty legendary move that they're probably going to be bragging about / laughing about for awhile.
(In reality, the portrait is “Clay sitting on a chair.”) ImageImageImageImage
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Sleuths also spotted this Trump supporter in a MAGA hat at pro-Trump events in D.C. in both November and December. Clearly antifa was playing the long game!
So why does the FBI want this guy? Here you go:
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