The FBI has arrested a man accused of harassing and causing a seizure to Newsweek writer Kurt Eichenwald with flashing GIF images.

The suspect, John Rivello, was arrested by the FBI at his Maryland home. Rivello, 29, is being charged under federal cyberstalking statutes and will appear in federal court in Dallas on Monday, Eichenwald’s attorney Steve Lieberman told The Daily Caller.

Eichenwald confirmed this information, tweeting that the man who “assaulted” him faces federal charges and is also expected to be indicted by the Dallas district attorney on different charges in the next few days.

He added that he would like to “thank Dallas Police, Dallas DA, U.S. Attorney in Dallas, the FBI and the Dept of Homeland Security who all played a role in this case.”

In December, Eichenwald said that a Twitter troll sent him a flashing video with the message, “you deserve a seizure,” which he claimed triggered an epileptic episode after viewing.

Eichenwald further noted that more than 40 people sent him strobe lights after they found out that they could trigger seizures and there were other cases that the FBI were investigating.

To this writer’s knowledge, this would be the first time that a court would attempt to indict someone for assault by GIF animated image.

Eichenwald’s dubious account of this incident is not helped by another tweet he sent at the time, claiming the tweet was from his wife and she had contacted police.

How many people would take the time to tweet while their husband was having a seizure?


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