H/t reader squodgy:
“All the ‘circumstances’ point to the tentacles of the PTB trying to stop him trashing their campaign for Hillary.”
WIKILEAKS has yet to provide further proof that its editor Julian Assange is alive despite asking Twitter followers to vote on what evidence they would accept to confirm he is not dead.
Conspiracy theories have flooded the internet since Mr Assange went quiet after being stripped of his internet access in the Ecuadorian embassy last week.
On Sunday WikiLeaks tweeted that he was “safe” and still in charge of the organisation, and promised a further statement on Monday.
WikiLeaks launched a Twitter poll asking what proof people would accept he was alive, after Monday’s statement failed to convince people.
The tweet said: “Thousands keep demanding Assange proof of life. Not unreasonable. He’s in a tough spot and is WikiLeaks best known validator. Preference?”
The four poll options were a picture, a video, a statement from his lawyers, or an appearance by himself at the window of the Ecuadorian embassy, where Wikileaks says he remains.
The poll expired at 4am (BST) yesterday, with 103,461 users taking part.
Nearly 53,000 people (51 per cent) called for a video of him holding a current newspaper as proof, while more than 36,000 (35 per cent) wanted him to appear at the embassy window.
Around 8,000 people (eight per cent) asked for a picture and about 6,000 (six per cent) said they wanted a statement from his lawyers.
Thousands keep demanding Assange proof of life. Not unreasonable. He’s in a tough spot and is WikiLeaks best known validator. Preference?
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) 24. Oktober 2016
Social media went into meltdown over the bizarre messages, consisting of a string of numbers, which conspiracy theorists 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.Last Monday 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.”
Mr Assange has been cooped up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London 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.
Concerns about his safety intensified earlier this month after it emerged that Hillary Clinton asked whether the US military could “drone” Mr Assange whilst she was Secretary of State.
But despite the widespread support for a new video, WikiLeaks has yet to respond or comment on the poll.The Wesearchr Twitter feed tweeted: “16 hours ago Still no @wikileaks confirmation that #JulianAssange is alive! Very suspicious.”The tweet on Sunday, before the poll, had said: “We will release a statement tomorrow about Assange.
“Our editor is safe and still in full command despite reduced communications with staff.”
But Monday’s statement just said Mr Assange does not publish documents or other work from inside the embassy, and this is done from “large data centres” across Europe.
A series of theories emerged about Mr Assange’s safety after his internet access was cut off by the Ecuardorian embassy where he remains holed up.
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