Plot to kill Barack Obama: Three 'white supremacists' arrested
Three men with suspected links to white supremacist groups are in custody in Denver after being arrested with rifles and a telescopic sight amid fears of a plot to assassinate Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential candidate.
By Toby Harnden in Denver
Last Updated: 1:48PM BST 26 Aug 2008
Mr Obama is due to become the first black candidate to accept the nomination of a major political party on Thursday, the final day of the Democratic Convention, at Invesco Field, an open air stadium that holds some 75,000 people.
CBS4, a Denver radio station, reported that one of the suspects told authorities they were “going to shoot Obama from a high vantage point using a ... rifle ... sighted at 750 yards". When one of the suspects "was directly asked if they had come to Denver to kill Obama", a CBS4 source said, “he responded in the affirmative".
Fox News reported that the three men might have links to Sons of Silence, an outlaw motorcycle group, and white supremacists.