Is Julian Assange DEAD? Internet in meltdown as WikiLeaks posts series of “cryptic” tweets


Social media went into meltdown over the bizarre messages, consisting of a string of numbers, which user speculated may be a “dead man”s switch”. 

Prominent figures who fear for their lives, such as Mr Assange, have been known to programme their communication channels to send out seemingly incomprehensible messages upon their deaths which make sense to only a select few followers.

Today WikiLeaks” official account posted three tweets – one about US Secretary of State John Kerry, one about Ecuador and one about the UK Foreign Office, each followed by a series of numbers and letters. 

After the mysterious messages were posted, the whistleblowing website added: “Julian Assange”s internet link has been intentionally severed by a state party. We have activated the appropriate contingency plans.”

The revelations provoked a maelstrom of speculation about the health and potential state of the WikiLeaks founder, who is hiding out in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. 

However, rumours of his death were immediately denied by WikiLeaks volunteer Kelly Kolisnik, who tweeted: “Julian Assange is alive and well. Rumors circulating that he tweeted out a “Dead Mans” switch are completely false and baseless.” 

Mr Assange has been cooped up in the building for more than three years as he seeks to avoid extradition to Sweden on sex assault allegations. He fears that, from there, he could be extradited to the US to face charges over WikiLeaks” activities. 

In response to today”s speculation US entrepreneur Bruce Porter Jr tweeted: “Appears those codes were indeed Assange”s “dead man”s switch”.

“Word is he alive but internet has been cut.#Wikileaks”

Political commentator Roger Stone ?said: “Reports the Brits storm the Ecuadorian Embassy tonite while Kerry demands the UK revoke their diplomatic status so Assange can be seized.” 

To which one user, called Deena, replied: “I think Assange has already activated the Dead Man”s Switch!  There is NO stopping wikileaks now. All info will be available.” 

However, the hacking group Anonymous ?denied that the world”s most famous fugitive is dead, insisting he was merely trying to publicise upcoming releases about Mr Kerry, Ecuador and the Foreign Office. 

It tweeted: “ATT: Some accounts, say have ties to Anonymous. It is spreading disinformation saying that Assange might is dead. It”s a lie. Stop Lying.”

The speculation surrounding the condition of Mr Assange is not the first to be sparked by a series of cryptic tweets. 

Back in August the account of fellow whistleblower Edward Snowden, who is currently in exile in Russia, posted a similarly bemusing message. 

The tweet contained a string of numbers and letters, just like WikiLeaks”, followed by a message simply saying: “It”s time.” 

However, the alert later turned out to be a false alarm, with the account deleting the tweet and friends of Mr Snowden insisting he was fine.