An agent provocateur is a person employed by the police or other entity to act undercover to entice or provoke another person to commit an illegal act. More generally, the term may refer to a person or group that seeks to discredit or harm another by provoking them to commit a wrong or rash action.
Every day people act like protesters who believe in the Occupy Wall Street movement. Some of these people are police officer’s trying to infiltrate the movement. They’re trying to gain information and maybe even try affect decisions that are being made. Others want Occupy Wall Street to fail and enter the protests and provoke police. Some people may think believing this stuff happens is nothing more than paranoid hysteria, but this video and the quote below shows this stuff is real.
Immediately after the incident began hitting the newswires Howley published a “Breaking News” story with The American Spectator online in which he reveals that he had consciously infiltrated the group on Friday with the intent to discredit the movement. He states that “as far as anyone knew I was part of this cause — a cause that I had infiltrated the day before in order to mock and undermine in the pages of The American Spectator — and I wasn’t giving up before I had my story.”
More importantly, this means the people with power want Occupy Wall Street to fail. Gee, I wonder why they’d want that?