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Group claims responsibility for lewd billboard

ATLANTA -- A group is claiming responsibility for a pornographic image that was on an electronic billboard in the heart of Buckhead last Saturday.

The FBI is now assisting the Atlanta Police Department in investigating the incident.

Finding the person or persons responsible may be difficult, even though they are publicly claiming responsibility and taunting police.

Several people called 911 when they saw the image.

"It's not an emergency, it's just totally disgusting," one caller said. "There is an electronic billboard that is flashing a naked man."

There it was at the busy intersection of Peachtree Road and Paces Ferry, in the middle of the day for all to see. It was a pornographic picture of a man.

Four days later, a group called "Assange Shuffle Collective" claimed responsibility on Reddit, a social networking and news website. The group ostensibly sympathizes with WikiLeaks chief editor Julian Assange.

"Ironically, we didn't realize that Buckhead was an incredibly affluent neighborhood, which makes the whole thing terrifically good fun. Burn the rich," the group posted on Reddit.

The FBI says they are trying to track the group, but it may be difficult. In another exchange on Reddit someone wrote, "Good luck not getting arrested!"

Assange Shuffle responded -- and perhaps taunted investigators. "Oh, we've got that covered. ALSO GOOD LUCK WE'RE BEHIND 7 PROXIES"

The group intimated Buckhead wasn't the only place they hit. The FBI said they are trying to determine the scope of the attack and, so far, there have been no other graphic displays on billboards across the country.

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