‘More records than the KGB’: Cryptic Assange tweet ignites concern for his wellbeing

Monday, January 1, 2018
By Paul Martin

1 Jan, 2018

A Julian Assange tweet featuring a 60 character code and a YouTube link to a popular rap song has sparked a frenzy of speculation about the meaning of the message and the wellbeing of the WikiLeaks founder.

The 46-year-old published the tweet in the early hours of Monday morning. The peculiar post, which lacked any apparent context, triggered a flurry of speculation on Twitter and on message boards.

Many wondered if Assange had died and the code was a “dead man’s switch” which would release the organization’s “insurance” files, while others said it was an encryption key signalling that WikiLeaks was set to release a fresh batch of leaked files.

An encryption key is a random collection of numbers and figures used for protecting and unlocking data. The longer the key is, the harder it is to crack. The string can be unravelled into its original form with the right key.

Assange’s choice of song has also inspired much theorizing among WikiLeaks watchers. The popular MIA number contains numerous interesting lyrics such as “If you catch me at the border I got visas in my name,” and “I’ve got more records than the KGB, So, uh, no funny business”.

There are also references to “pirate skulls and bones” and dozens of gunshot and cash register noises on the track. Many wondered who exactly Assange could be targeting with such references.

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