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Conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos announced Wednesday that a Navy SEAL security detail will accompany him to his University of California, Berkeley “Free Speech Week.”
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and conservative author Ann Coulter will also be speaking at the Sept. 24-27 event, reported The College Fix.
Dan Mogulof, UC Berkeley’s assistant vice chancellor for communications, told Politico that Berkeley Patriot, the student organization hosting the speakers, “still has not completed the critical steps” for the event.
“We have repeatedly asked representatives of the Berkeley Patriot to confirm that contracts have been completed between the student organization and each of these speakers; to date they have not,” said Mogulof in a statement obtained by Politco.
But Yiannopoulos fired back at the school in a Wednesday Facebook post.
“Ironically, Berkeley is fighting Free Speech Week the same way they fought against Mario Savio’s Free Speech Movement in the 60’s — by spreading fear, uncertainty, and doubt,” he said. “Mogulof has a long history of hostility, leaks and lies when it comes to conservative speakers.”
Yiannopoulos indicated that the event would go on as scheduled, boasting “more than 20 speakers with diverse viewpoints” and a 16-man Navy SEAL team for security.
Fellow conservative author Ben Shapiro is scheduled to speak Thursday at UC Berkeley. (RELATED: UC Berkeley Cuts Number Of Students Able To Hear Ben Shapiro By Half)
Mogulof and Yiannopoulos told The Daily Caller News Foundation that there are no further updates at this time.
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