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Sat Aug 6, 2016, 06:16 PM

Edward Snowden Dead? Mysterious Tweet Is Sending Conspiracy Theorists Into A Meltdown

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Source: Inquisitr

What is up with Edward Snowden? The former NSA contractor turned whistle-blower tweeted out a cryptic message to more than 2 million of his followers on Friday, sparking unrest as to his safety and whereabouts. While Mashable reports that the string of letters and numbers may be a cryptic code that Snowden sent someone through the micro-blogging site, or it may be that Snowden simply typed some gibberish on his phone to send the internet into a meltdown so he could amuse himself, some others contend that the mysterious tweet could point towards something way more ominous.

According to Your News Wire, the mysterious tweet has sparked fears that it may be a “dead man’s switch,” which would effectively mean that Edward Snowden is either missing or dead. For those of you who might not know, a dead man’s switch is a message set up to be sent automatically if the account holder does not perform a regular check-in. In Snowden’s case, the automatically-generated message would be the key to the encrypted files he distributed among journalists.


In 2013, Snowden sent the entire intelligence community into shock when he released a set of classified files which confirmed that the National Security Agency — and consequently the American government — had been snooping around in people’s private lives. The release confirmed long-held fears that the NSA, in association with Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance and the cooperation of telecommunication companies and European governments, was using advanced surveillance techniques to intrude into people’s lives, sparking a vigorous public discourse about mass surveillance and privacy in the information age.

Read more: http://www.inquisitr.com/3389936/edward-snowden-dead-mysterious-tweet-is-sending-conspiracy-theorists-into-a-meltdown/



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Reply Edward Snowden Dead? Mysterious Tweet Is Sending Conspiracy Theorists Into A Meltdown (Original post)
uawchild Aug 2016 OP
WhiteTara Aug 2016 #1
think Aug 2016 #2
uawchild Aug 2016 #4
Bradical79 Aug 2016 #3
emulatorloo Aug 2016 #5
William Seger Aug 2016 #17
emulatorloo Aug 2016 #18
Bradical79 Aug 2016 #19
William Seger Aug 2016 #20
backscatter712 Aug 2016 #27
Renew Deal Aug 2016 #6
VMA131Marine Aug 2016 #7
Curtland1015 Aug 2016 #8
LeftyMom Aug 2016 #13
4bucksagallon Aug 2016 #9
rjsquirrel Aug 2016 #26
7962 Aug 2016 #39
Hekate Aug 2016 #42
billhicks76 Aug 2016 #34
wildbilln864 Aug 2016 #43
Rex Aug 2016 #10
uawchild Aug 2016 #11
bananakabob Aug 2016 #12
Bradical79 Aug 2016 #15
bananakabob Aug 2016 #30
billhicks76 Aug 2016 #35
bananakabob Aug 2016 #37
billhicks76 Aug 2016 #38
QC Aug 2016 #48
LeftyMom Aug 2016 #14
Gman Aug 2016 #16
backscatter712 Aug 2016 #28
Buckeye_Democrat Aug 2016 #21
uawchild Aug 2016 #22
catbyte Aug 2016 #23
ucrdem Aug 2016 #24
rjsquirrel Aug 2016 #25
Monk06 Aug 2016 #40
Shankapotomus Aug 2016 #44
They_Live Aug 2016 #29
Cryptoad Aug 2016 #31
saidsimplesimon Aug 2016 #32
randome Aug 2016 #33
SeattleVet Aug 2016 #36
NWCorona Aug 2016 #46
randome Aug 2016 #47
Midnight Writer Aug 2016 #41
randome Aug 2016 #45
In_The_Wind Aug 2016 #49

Response to uawchild (Original post)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 06:23 PM

1. I wish your source was more reliable than Inquisitr

they have been accused of lies and plagiarism

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Response to WhiteTara (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 06:25 PM

2. Here's Mashable's write up on it:

 

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Response to WhiteTara (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 06:27 PM

4. Source seemed clean on wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inquisitr

But if you have links to something significant, please share.

I am not wedded to this source, the article just stood out.

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Response to uawchild (Original post)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 06:26 PM

3. Looks like hexadecimal -nt

 

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Response to Bradical79 (Reply #3)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 06:27 PM

5. Or butt-texting

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Response to emulatorloo (Reply #5)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 06:55 PM

17. Not likely

It's digits 0 to 9 plus lowercase characters a to f, and it's 64 characters long, so it's almost certainly the hex representation of a 256-bit number.

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Response to William Seger (Reply #17)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 06:56 PM

18. Ok, drunk-tweeting then

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Response to William Seger (Reply #17)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 06:58 PM

19. So, an encryption key? -nt

 

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Response to Bradical79 (Reply #19)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 06:59 PM

20. That seems likely (n/t)

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Response to Bradical79 (Reply #3)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 07:29 PM

27. Most likely crypto-related.

Perhaps a cryptographic signature or key.

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Response to uawchild (Original post)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 06:30 PM

6. Didn't he send another cryptic tweet a few days ago?

Something about news soon?

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Response to uawchild (Original post)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 06:31 PM

7. This is not on his current Twitter Feed that I can see

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Response to uawchild (Original post)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 06:31 PM

8. He posted just yesterday. What does he have this "switch" set to? Three hours?



Honestly, I don't keep up with the guy, so I don't know how crazy it is that he hasn't tweeted since yesterday.

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Response to Curtland1015 (Reply #8)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 06:42 PM

13. Looking at his twitter it doesn't appear to be unusual at all.

He appears to typically tweet once a day, give or take. Sometimes two tweets a day, sometimes no tweets for two days.

He appears to go on binges where he retweets several times in a day but then doesn't retweet anything for several days, so one retweet on the fifth and nothing since also doesn't seem strange.

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Response to uawchild (Original post)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 06:33 PM

9. Dead? I vote for that.... Traitors don't always get a trial..

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Response to 4bucksagallon (Reply #9)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 07:17 PM

26. Traitor or not

 

those who rely on the hospitality of Vladimir Putin often wish they'd chosen another path.

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Response to rjsquirrel (Reply #26)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 11:38 PM

39. And there you have it.

 

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Response to rjsquirrel (Reply #26)

Sun Aug 7, 2016, 02:25 AM

42. True dat

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Response to 4bucksagallon (Reply #9)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 09:37 PM

34. BS. The Real Traitors Betrayed The Constitution

 

Anyone who cares about our sacred freedoms knows this. Only military contractors and other traitors fleecing our treasury and spying on the American People to manipulate politicians, attorneys, judges and journalist or to further their Drug War scam don't like it.

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Response to billhicks76 (Reply #34)

Sun Aug 7, 2016, 04:25 AM

43. well said thank you. n/t

 

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Response to uawchild (Original post)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 06:33 PM

10. Looks like a temporary internet file, or part of windows registry snore...

 

Maybe he is mad that his buddy is getting all the attention.

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Response to uawchild (Original post)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 06:38 PM

11. Tweet from Barton Gellman

Barton Gellman ‏@bartongellman 9m9 minutes ago
1. Everyone requesting proof of life for me and @Snowden, take a deep breath.
2. Some tweets have private meaning.
3. My @SecureDrop is up.




"Edward Snowden, the former NSA agent and whistleblower wrote a fairly cryptic post on Twitter on Wednesday (3 August). And, that has sparked curiosity among the inhabitants of the Twitterverse. "It's time", Snowden said in his post, however, he refrained from divulging anything in detail.

The post also tagged journalist Barton Gellman, who is currently writing about Snowden's experiences working in the intelligence community. In his tweet, the whistleblower also invites his former associates and acquaintances to reach out to him "securely". Gellman also posted a corresponding tweet in which he invited people to contact him to help him chart Snowden's work and "tell it truthfully".
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/whistleblower-edward-snowden-sparks-curiosity-cryptic-tweet-its-time-1574308

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Response to uawchild (Original post)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 06:40 PM

12. Let's hope.

 

n/t

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Response to bananakabob (Reply #12)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 06:49 PM

15. Wow, some of you are really disgusting human beings. -nt

 

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Response to Bradical79 (Reply #15)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 07:51 PM

30. Don't care for traitors who lie, steal, put people at risk.

 

And flee to China and Russia.

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Response to bananakabob (Reply #30)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 09:39 PM

35. Like Every Republican Ever?

 

Why aren't you fighting against an unconstitutional drug war or spying on powerful people to blackmail them to vote, judge or write a certain way. If you want to whine that Snowden is a traitor then you must support illegal wars and spying too.

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Response to billhicks76 (Reply #35)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 09:57 PM

37. Yes, clearly, not supporting Snowden means I support illegal wars.

 

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Response to bananakabob (Reply #37)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 11:15 PM

38. Sorry I Don't Support Bush

 

Spying on the Americam People to commit crimes, leverage powerful people or promote an immoral drug war is 1 million times worse that what Snowden did. There is a trail of bodies and ruined lives from these policies that isn't even countable at this point.

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Response to Bradical79 (Reply #15)

Sun Aug 7, 2016, 12:39 PM

48. This place is becoming Free Republic for conservative Democrats.

A lot has changed since I joined in 2001, when we DUers opposed things like illegal wars, blanket surveillance in violation of the Fourth Amendment, cutting...oops...reforming Social Security, shipping jobs out of the country, etc.

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Response to uawchild (Original post)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 06:44 PM

14. PGP key?

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Response to uawchild (Original post)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 06:50 PM

16. Looks like hash code to decrypt something.

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Response to Gman (Reply #16)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 07:30 PM

28. It's almost certainly crypto of some sort.

Possibly to show a reporter he is who he says he is.

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Response to uawchild (Original post)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 07:04 PM

21. Related to this tweet?

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Response to Buckeye_Democrat (Reply #21)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 07:05 PM

22. Seems so n/t

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Response to uawchild (Original post)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 07:06 PM

23. Looks like when my cat walks on my keyboard.

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Response to uawchild (Original post)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 07:11 PM

24. here's what I got when I added .JPG to the end . . .




p.s. j/k

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Response to ucrdem (Reply #24)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 07:15 PM

25. OMG it's the key to everything!

 

The Internet was designed for cats!

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Response to ucrdem (Reply #24)

Sun Aug 7, 2016, 01:31 AM

40. Serious Kitten is wonderin what all the fuss is about

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Response to ucrdem (Reply #24)

Sun Aug 7, 2016, 07:34 AM

44. Good idea

Somebody should put that pic up using Snowden's mystery tweet as the file name.

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Response to uawchild (Original post)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 07:37 PM

29. Bitcoin hack??!!!

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Response to uawchild (Original post)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 08:29 PM

31. Last I heard,,,,,,,

9R>/AL>/K#>/K#>/R1>9A:Lxy>/AL>/A#>/KA:&%>Q9:L^c>/A^>#y>Q9:+#>/K#>/KA&5?MH>5* 9z>Lx9>LE+ Jz>LEx 1/">L*M 9O>Q% 1/G:LxO>5* 9z>Q% 1aJ>LEx 1vO>&^?xaU>Lx">LxU>LxO>5* 9z>Q% 1aJ>LEx 1vO>&% 1aU>LEa>LEa>LEH>LEx Tv>&# J&?xaJ>LEx 1vO>#C

decoded: " Still shacked up in Big Daddy Putin's Crimea beach house!"

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Response to uawchild (Original post)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 09:07 PM

32. The UAW was awesome,

could be again with the proper focus on exports instead of TPP.

That said, WTF, Snowden was living on borrowed time. Nothing, I mean nothing happens in Russia without Czar Putin's approval (or that of his mafia style oligarchs). It is my hope that whistle blower Snowden will turn up somewhere west of Russia.

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Response to saidsimplesimon (Reply #32)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 09:37 PM

33. Latvia is west of Russia.

 

[hr][font color="blue"][center]A ton of bricks, a ton of feathers, it's still gonna hurt.[/center][/font][hr]

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Response to uawchild (Original post)

Sat Aug 6, 2016, 09:46 PM

36. I'm guessing that this may be the decryption key for the Insurance...

file he uploaded in mid June. That file was 94Gb, and encrypted in aes256, like his previous Insurance files on international cables. This was the file associated with the Hillary emails that he had released - but the insurance file was much larger than the known data from those, so what may be in there is anybody's guess.

He had stated that the key would be released when the time was right, or if anything happened to him.

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Response to SeattleVet (Reply #36)

Sun Aug 7, 2016, 08:47 AM

46. That was my first thought too

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Response to SeattleVet (Reply #36)

Sun Aug 7, 2016, 08:48 AM

47. There is no insurance file any more than there was a cache of BoA documents, per Assange.

 

It's all for show and often I don't think even Snowden is aware of it.
[hr][font color="blue"][center]A ton of bricks, a ton of feathers, it's still gonna hurt.[/center][/font][hr]

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Response to uawchild (Original post)

Sun Aug 7, 2016, 02:09 AM

41. I have translation: Thank You Trump for gift of Melania. Putin enjoys vry(sic) much.

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Response to Midnight Writer (Reply #41)

Sun Aug 7, 2016, 07:42 AM

45. "Donald, I'm sorry my Meredith McIver cover was blown. Let's try again some time."

 

[hr][font color="blue"][center]A ton of bricks, a ton of feathers, it's still gonna hurt.[/center][/font][hr]

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Response to uawchild (Original post)

Sun Aug 7, 2016, 04:52 PM

49. Locking

You might want to post again in GD or Creative Speculation.

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