James O’Keefe visits Occupy Wall Street, says he’s producing a video

Dylan Stableford

James O'Keefe, the conservative activist, provocateur and filmmaker whose controversial videos have effectively taken down executives at NPR and ACORN, appears to have his next target in his sites: The Occupy Wall Street protests.

O'Keefe, who was spotted by several protesters in lower Manhattan on Monday, did not return an email seeking comment. But later Monday, O'Keefe confirmed his latest production via Twitter.

"Can't take your calls, journalists," O'Keefe wrote. "Busy producing a video."

Some protesters and media pundits are already bracing for a hit job with "heavy editing."

O'Keefe--who is currently on probation after pleading guilty in 2010 to entering Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu's offices in New Orleans under false pretenses--lives in New Jersey with his parents. Under the terms of his probation, he must get trips out of state approved. A spokesman for O'Keefe told Talking Points Memo that his probation officer gave him permission to make the trip across the Hudson.

If O'Keefe delivers on his planned Occupy Wall Street video, he'll be the highest-profile conservative activist to infiltrate a liberal movement this month—but not the first.

Patrick Howley--a reporter for the American Spectator--claims he joined group of Washington, D.C., protesters "in order to mock and undermine" their cause, helped incite a riot at the National Air and Space Museum on Saturday afternoon and was pepper-sprayed in the process.

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