Report: Gov. contractor employs white supremacist

Defense contractorNorthrop Grumman says it is taking “immediate action”followinga report that published hours earlier alleging the company employsa white supremacist group member who has participated inviolent rallies.

A report from ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative journalism publication, alleges Michael Miselis a Northrop Grummansystems engineer withU.S. government security clearance participatedin the violent August 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The report, produced in partnership with PBS’s Frontline, allegesMiselis has rallied with white supremacists and is part of the Rise Above Movement, RAM, which is identified by the Anti-Defamation League asa white supremacist group based in Southern California.

It alleges he has attended rallies with his hands taped like a boxer and has been seen in footage fighting alongside RAM members.

“Northrop Grumman was recently made aware of alleged employee actions that are counter to our values,” the company tweeted Thursday.”We do not tolerate hatred or illegal conduct and we condemn racist activities in any shape or form. We are taking immediate action to look into the very serious issues raised by these reports.”

Pro Publica’s report saysMiselis has denied the allegations:I think you got the wrong guy, he told the publication.

The report says California law enforcement officials have said that Miselis is a member ofRAM. It allegesNorthrop Grumman knew ofMiselis involvement with the Charlottesville rally andwith RAM.

The report says Miselis is pursuing a Ph.D. inthe University of California, Los Angeless aerospace engineering program.

Northrop Grumman was recently made aware of alleged employee actions that are counter to our values. Northrop Grumman is absolutely committed to the highest levels of ethics & integrity in all that we do, & ensuring that our workplace reflects our values of diversity & inclusion.

— Northrop Grumman (@northropgrumman) July 5, 2018

We do not tolerate hatred or illegal conduct and we condemn racist activities in any shape or form.

We are taking immediate action to look into the very serious issues raised by these reports.

— Northrop Grumman (@northropgrumman) July 5, 2018

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