Christian Picciolini has carved out a career for himself as the man who can de-radicalize "white supremacists." Picciolini's former organization, Life After Hate, once even received lavish grants from the federal government that his former associates have sued him in court over.
Picciolini's business, now named "Free Radicals Project," revolves around claims of winning over right-wing political dissidents to the side of the extreme left.
Picciolini belongs to a faction of the anti-fascist movement that believes you must fully embrace anarchist and communist philosophy to be considered "reformed." This has become a point of contention with more moderate competitors like Light Upon Light, which is currently fighting with Picciolini and his supporters for grants and publicity.
National Justice has been provided a series of disturbing text and social media messages from Picciolini going back to 2016 that demonstrate a pattern of erratic, unprofessional, extortionary behavior aimed largely at young women.
In one instance in 2016, Picciolini repeatedly threatened a female content creator who used the handle "Crusader Girl" with the police. According to an acquaintance who spoke to us on condition of anonymity, the female in question was so disturbed by Picciolini's threats and cyberstalking, including unsolicited romantic advances, that she went into hiding.
In another string of disquieting incidents, Picciolini began messaging a content creator named "Evalion" with her "dox" (name and place of residence) and even pictures of her house. On Skype, Picciolini would repeatedly message her in spite of getting no response. Over multiple months he engaged in unending harassment and trolling with personal information of hers he had obtained.
Later on, Picciolini opened up a crusade against yet another young lady, a private citizen named Rachel, who he would message various family members accusing her of being "racist."
The most repulsive interaction with Picciolini however was with a woman only identified as "Sherise."
According to Facebook messages provided by her, Picciolini may have thought she was male and sent her messages like "yum, my dick smells like your ass", "I cum on your face while you sleep," and "Do you want me to jerk you off..."
These screenshots bring the methods Picciolini uses to convert those with different opinions to the far left -- which has been featured in various mainstream media outlets and even an MSNBC miniseries -- into question. Legally speaking, Christopher Cantwell is currently on trial facing federal cyberstalking and extortion charges for similar behavior. Ethically speaking, it would be outrageous to imagine ever restoring federal funding for Picciolini and his organization.
Documents from Picciolini's legal woes (Life After Hate, Inc v. Free Radicals Project, Inc & Christian Picciolini) portray a greedy and thoroughly dishonest cynic. Drawing people away from pro-white ideas or activism with alleged acts of blackmail may make Picciolini a hero in the eyes of internet anarchists, but behavior like the above are considered offensive even by those who may agree with the man's stated aims.