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Hostage Suspect Warned Discovery: 'Stop Shows Glorifying Human Birthing'


May 28 2018, Updated 10:19 a.m. ET

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A frightening picture is being painted of the hostage suspect who is holding an unknown amount of people at gunpoint at the Discovery Communication headquarters in Silver Springs, Maryland.

The man has been identified as radical environmentalist James Jay Lee, who used his website — which has now crashed — to demand the Discovery Channel and TLC remove all shows about multiple births. 

Gunman Enters Discovery Channel Building, May Have Explosives

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He reportedly has explosives strapped to his body.

In a manifesto published on his site, Lee wrote: "All programs on Discovery Health-TLC must stop encouraging the birth of any more parasitic human infants and the false heroics behind those actions.

“In those programs' places, programs encouraging human sterilization and infertility must be pushed. All former pro-birth programs must now push in the direction of stopping human birth, not encouraging it."

He demanded Discovery "MUST broadcast to the world their commitment to save the planet."

There are 11 demands telling the company to cease airing shows about large families and start airing shows that would promote curbing the plant's population growth, finding solutions for global warming and dismantling "the dangerous US world economy."

Read them here.

Rich Wolf, of the FBI in Baltimore, told they are assisting Montgomery county police department. 

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“The FBI has been on scene for about the last hour and sent bomb techs to assist, but they haven’t needed to detonate anything,” he said.

Local have moved the radius of the perimeter two blocks, they said.

UPDATE 12.45 PT — Police have described the suspect as having "concerns" with the Discovery Channel. Montgomery County Police Capt. Paul Starks said police were communicating with the man.

UPDATE: 12.50 PT — Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger says the gunman has what he described as a "small number of hostages" but he did not say how many. He also did not say what the man wants or whether anyone has been injured.




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