Hawaii emergency worker gets threats after misleading photo

An operations officer with Hawaii's emergency management office says he wants to set the record straight, that he was not the person who mistakenly sent out the ballistic missile alert last month

HONOLULU -- When an erroneous alert was sent out last month telling people in Hawaii that there was an incoming ballistic missile, Jeffrey Wong was an island away from the state's emergency management agency office where he works as an operations officer. Then an Associated Press photograph circulated picturing Wong months earlier at the agency's Honolulu operations center on Oahu island - and people mistakenly thought Wong was the "button-pusher" who sent out the alert, wrongly accusing him in online comments of causing widespread panic and confusion. The photo also included a yellow sticky note in the background that appeared to have a password on it, which people circulating the photo after the false alert pointed out as a reason to criticize the emergency management agency - prompting even more online rage.

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