New documents and video shows nature of ties between Breitbart, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Nazism

A trove of documents and excerpts from conversations within Breitbart, an alt-right news website once edited by former counselor to President Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, shows seemingly deep ties to modern Nazi figures in the U.S.

Uncovered by Buzzfeed News' Joseph Bernstein, a series of communications, leaks, and a video establish how the website's former tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos often trafficked with ideological extremists on the right to fight a culture war under Bannon's instructions to "go help save western civilization."

Though Yiannopoulos often defends his work as being satire and provocations that offer counter points to what he considers liberal-dominated college campuses across the U.S., Buzzfeed's reports uncovered damning ties between Yiannopoulos and Nazism.

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ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 15: Milo Yiannopoulos, a conservative columnist and internet personality, holds a press conference down the street from the Pulse Nightclub, June 15, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Yiannopoulos was briefly banned from Twitter on Wednesday. The shooting at Pulse Nightclub, which killed 49 people and injured 53, is the worst mass-shooting event in American history. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 15: Milo Yiannopoulos, a conservative columnist and internet personality, holds a press conference down the street from the Pulse Nightclub, June 15, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Yiannopoulos was briefly banned from Twitter on Wednesday. The shooting at Pulse Nightclub, which killed 49 people and injured 53, is the worst mass-shooting event in American history. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 15: Young people, some wearing Donald Trump attire, wait for Milo Yiannopoulos, a conservative columnist and internet personality, to arrive for a press conference down the street from the Pulse Nightclub, June 15, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Yiannopoulos was briefly banned from Twitter on Wednesday. The shooting at Pulse Nightclub, which killed 49 people and injured 53, is the worst mass-shooting event in American history. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 15: Milo Yiannopoulos, a conservative columnist and internet personality, holds a press conference down the street from the Pulse Nightclub, June 15, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Yiannopoulos was briefly banned from Twitter on Wednesday. The shooting at Pulse Nightclub, which killed 49 people and injured 53, is the worst mass-shooting event in American history. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 15: Milo Yiannopoulos, a conservative columnist and internet personality, holds a press conference down the street from the Pulse Nightclub, June 15, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Yiannopoulos was briefly banned from Twitter on Wednesday. The shooting at Pulse Nightclub, which killed 49 people and injured 53, is the worst mass-shooting event in American history. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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For example, Buzzfeed uncovered that Yiannopoulos used as passwords to private accounts references to the Kristallnacht, or the Night of Long Knives, a purge of German Jews and gays by the paramilitary organization that helped Adolf Hitler rise to power.

Yiannopoulos himself identifies as gay and Jewish, and denied being a racist to Buzzfeed.

Also in the report, Buzzfeed published a video of Yiannopoulos signing an overblown version of "America the beautiful" as avowed Nazi Richard Spencer and other alt-right figures gave Nazi salutes.

Watch the video below, and read the full report at Buzzfeed here.

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