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Continued: Source cites probable link between Montevideo, Minn., militia suspect and arrested Guardsman

He also refers to a man named Kyle in a different militia group, “who is going to college” so he can work in an unnamed sheriff’s department.” In the transcript, Rogers says of that militia group, “I think it’s called “44****** don’t ask me how to spell it.” It is unclear if the asterisks are a redaction.

‘What’s Keith’s deal?’

The interview has a friendly, conversational character as opposed to an interrogation,

In it, Ball asked about others Rogers interacted with, and the name “Keith” came up.

“And what’s Keith’s deal?” Ball asked.

“Keith, he’s in the National Guard. All-around nice guy. Paid for gas last time we went up to the cities,” Rogers said.

“When was that?” Ball asked.

“Um, uh three months ago …” Rogers replied.

The interview veered ­elsewhere, then returned to the Guardsman.

“Keith, he’s Keith,” said Rogers. “He’s uh, I don’t know, he’s a real smart guy and he is not a violent person, (inaudible) go to rallies, the Monsanto and stuff like that. He’s been to quite a few of those protests.” It is possible Rogers was referring to protests against the Monsanto company’s role in producing genetically ­modified crops.

Asked if Keith smuggled weapons, Rogers replied, that “he ain’t that kind of guy,” says Rogers. “He’s an Intel officer (inaudible) have access to anyways, so.”

Asked where Keith’s loyalty lay between the Guard, Army and militia, Rogers responded, “It would be more toward the militia (inaudible) yeah. He just like most militia, you know he believes there’s a darker side to it, certain parts of the government that, you know, under wraps type of thing.”

Asked if Keith would use his authority “as an Intel guy in the Army to assist the guard guy or assist the militia guy” Rogers responded, “He’s not like that, no. He just helps people out.”

 

rfurst@startribune.com pmcenroe@startribune.com

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