WikiLeaks says Assange’s internet link was severed by ‘state party’

WikiLeaks said Monday that its founder Julian Assange’s internet link was severed by a “state party” and that “appropriate contingency plans” were activated.

The website’s announcement came hours after it published three cryptic tweets. The messages referenced Ecuador, Secretary of State John Kerry and the United Kingdom’s Foreign Commonwealth Office. Each tweet was matched with a string of numbers.

 

Gizmodo noted that the 64-character codes sparked a whirlwind of rumors that Assange had died.

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Rumors on Reddit and Twitter said that the numbers triggered a so-called “dead man’s switch,” which could be enacted in case Assange did die. Gizmodo reported that such switches do exist

WikiLeaks hasn’t tweeted anything else about Assange’s internet and how it may have been “severed.”