The concern was sparked by the WikiLeaks founder sending a bizarre tweet on New Year’s Day which featured a 60 character code and a link to the popular ‘Paper Planes’ song by British rapper MIA. Many wondered why the 46 year old had tweeted the seemingly random string of letters and numbers.
— Defend Assange Campaign (@DefendAssange) January 1, 2018
Another popular theory was that it was a “deadman’s switch” that was triggered because Assange was incapacitated or dead. According to the theory, the switch would release Wikileaks’ incriminating “insurance files.”
Encryption key or dead man switch?’ Mysterious @JulianAssange tweet draws concern https://t.co/27RSTNNL0C
— RT (@RT_com) January 1, 2018
Was Assange suggesting that he was no longer in the embassy? Or was he issuing a warning about further documents WikiLeaks has in its possession?
Speaking to RT.com on Wednesday, a spokesman for the Ecuadorian embassy, where Assange has resided since 2012, revealed that the Australian is still in the building and his health status has not changed.
“Nothing has changed,” the spokesman said.
Assange has not tweeted, or liked anything on Twitter, since his strange New Year’s Day message.
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