[Ed. – In other words, there is nothing right now to verify that the suspect in custody, Patrick Crusius, posted or wrote the manifesto. We’ll see if the police find evidence of it being composed or at least in memory on his computer. Instagram says his account hadn’t been active for at least a year; as a fine point, the 8chan owner doesn’t actually say Crusius posted the manifesto to Instagram. Gonzalez and Wong at CNET are being careful to make the distinction.]
Jim Watkins, the owner of the 8chan message board, suggested in a YouTube video that the document had been loaded to his site by a different user. Watkins, who appeared in front of an image of Benjamin Franklin, said the site had made law enforcement “aware” of the manifesto when it appeared.
He also suggested — but didn’t state — that the gunman, who killed 22 in the attack at a Walmart store, had posted the document to Instagram.
“First of all, the El Paso shooter posted on Instagram, not 8chan,” Watkins said in the video. “Later, someone uploaded the manifesto. However, that manifesto was not uploaded by the Walmart shooter. I don’t know if he wrote it or not, but it was not uploaded by the murderer that is clear.”