Ammon Bundy’s group of Oregon militants may have been caught looking at federal employee data as well as computers, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported.
OPB reporter John Sepulvado said that LaVoy Finnicum — who appeared on national television earlier this week vowing to die rather than be arrested — mistakenly led him into a room full of cubicles and computers on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, saying the group planned to convert the space into a “media center” to accommodate news outlets.
However, Sepulvado stated, Finnicum later grabbed lists of names and Social Security numbers located near the computers while also hiding government employee identification cards.
“Three of the computers were turned on, and in screen saver mode,” he wrote. “Papers in the room were strewn about in a disorderly manner.”
Bundy’s brother, Ryan Bundy, then entered the room and denied any malfeasance.
“No, we haven’t touched a single personal item,” he said. “We haven’t touched any of the computers, we haven’t tried to log on — we haven’t done anything. We’re not here to hurt people, not even the people who work here.”