A U.S. Army private who according to federal prosecutors confessed to his role in plotting a deadly attack on his own military unit pleaded not guilty to charges he shared secret information about the unit with a neo-Nazi group. Ethan Melzer, 22, entered his plea on Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn in Manhattan, at a hearing conducted electronically. The U.S. Department of Justice accused Melzer of using an encrypted app to send his unit’s planned movements to members of the Order of Nine Angles (“O9A”), which it described as “an occult-based neo-Nazi and white supremacist group,” and a related group called the “RapeWaffen Division.” Calling Melzer “the enemy within,” prosecutors said the Louisville, Kentucky, resident hoped to cause mass casualties through what he and co-conspirators labeled a “jihadi attack.” Melzer enlisted in the Army in 2018, joined O9A in 2019, and began planning the attack in April after learning of a new foreign deployment for his unit, prosecutors said.

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