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Photos: Bill Fulton, Alaska militia mole who falsely arrested journalist at 2010 Joe Miller event

William Fulton is an FBI informant for the Schaeffer Cox militia trial. He made headlines in Oct 2010 for handcuffing Alaska Dispatch editor Tony Hopfinger. May 30, 2012
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William Fulton is an FBI informant for the Schaeffer Cox militia trial. He made headlines in Oct 2010 for handcuffing Alaska Dispatch editor Tony Hopfinger. May 30, 2012
Loren Holmes photo
William Fulton is an FBI informant for the Schaeffer Cox militia trial. He made headlines in Oct 2010 for handcuffing Alaska Dispatch editor Tony Hopfinger. May 30, 2012
Loren Holmes photo
William Fulton is an FBI informant for the Schaeffer Cox militia trial. He made headlines in Oct 2010 for handcuffing Alaska Dispatch editor Tony Hopfinger. May 30, 2012
Loren Holmes photo
William Fulton, former owner of Drop Zone, made national headlines in October when he handcuffed a journalist after an event hosted by U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller.
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Alaska Dispatch editor Tony Hopfinger talks to an APD officer after being detained by private security guards at a Joe Miller campaign event.
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Private security guards block access to Alaska Dispatch editor Tony Hopfinger after a Joe Miller campaign event. Anchorage Daily News reporter Richard Mauer is at left.
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Anchorage Daily News reporter Richard Mauer, left, attempts to shoot video after private security guards detained Alaska Dispatch editor Tony Hopfinger after a Joe Miller campaign event.
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Private security guards at a Joe Miller campaign event, including Bill Fulton (left) detain Alaska Dispatch editor Tony Hopfinger.
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Joe Miller -- with his security guard William Fulton in the background -- on Election Night in November 2010.
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More than 14 months after William Fulton vanished from Alaska, the former Spenard business owner resurfaced in a federal courtroom in Anchorage on May 31, 2012.

His March 2011 disappearance had come just as his cover as an undercover informant who helped the FBI infiltrate a Fairbanks-based anti-government militia was about to be blown.

Yet for all the turmoil Fulton subjected himself to, he has emerged in the federal weapons and murder conspiracy case against militia members Schaeffer Cox, Coleman Barney and Lonnie Vernon -- not as a witness for the prosecution, but for the defense. It's an unusual position for the man who until now had made his career chasing bail jumpers, selling weapons and military surplus goods, protecting politicians, and once, handcuffing a journalist at a public gathering for a political candidate.

READ MORE: 'Drop Zone' Bill Fulton testifies for defense in Alaska militia trial