Is Julian Assange dead? Recent WikiLeaks tweets led to speculation that the founder of the controversial organization passed away on Sunday night, a news that spread like wildfire online.
WikiLeaks posted cryptic numeric tweets on Friday night, which was seen as signals that a dead man’s switch was activated. And because of that, most people online speculated that that Assange is in danger or dead.
Most netizens looked back at a protocol in 2010, which was arranged for Assange’s safety. It was reported that when something happens to the WikiLeaks founder, a code will be activated, unleashing controversial information that will spread worldwide and will not be stopped.
This is the main reason why Julian Assange dead talks made waves online, as no one can explain the series of tweets from WikiLeaks. But are the Julian Assange dead reports accurate?
According to Snopes, a Twitter account that belongs to Anonymous claimed that there is nothing to worry about Assange because the tweets were not deadman keys. The mysterious Twitter account then added that the WikiLeaks founder is safe and sound.
Gizmodo also had an interesting take on the cryptic posts on Twitter. According to the report, the Twitter posts might have a special meaning, which will prove in the future that a certain information is real.
“Much as these tweets provide great fodder for conspiracy speculation, the secret to their meaning is hidden in plain sight,” Gizmodo noted. “Pre-commitment in this case is a references to a cryptographic scheme to prevent unreleased information from being tampered with.”
WikiLeaks also provided their own explanation on Monday. They said that the Assange’s internet link was cut off and that they have activated contingency plans. According to BBC, Ecuador blocked internet access for Assange, but the main reason for the said action is still unknown at this point.
However, netizens cannot help but wonder if it has something to do with the recent WikiLeaks revelations. They have been revealing sensitive emails from Hillary Clinton and her ongoing presidential campaign in the United States.