Could WikiLeaks be sounding off an alarm or sending a not so cryptic warning to preempt dangerous moves against the safety and security of its staff?
The whistle-blowing organization sent this intriguing message on its Twitter account today: "Note: no present WikiLeaks staff, including our editor, have medical, psychological or drug conditions which could lead to sudden death."
Could the said tweet be an indication that the WikiLeaks staff are under threat or attack? Have they received any messages or signs that their lives could be in danger or that there are people- or organizations?- who would want one or all of them dead? The tweet seems to indicate that if any of the WikiLeaks staff dies- being healthy in all aspects- the death could only be attributed to extraordinary or dubious circumstances.
If that's a warning hinting of threats against any of its staff, it certainly is not the first time for WikiLeaks to contend with such dangers to safety and security. Last year, especially during the height of the fiercely-fought U.S. presidential campaign between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange received threats to his life. There were even alarming questions desperately spread by his supporters and followers asking for updates on Assange amidst wild speculations that he could be dead or killed at that time. Assange has been staying for the last couple of years at the Ecuadorian embassy in London for asylum to avoid being deported to Sweden and face charges of sexual assault.
The mysterious tweet of WikiLeaks garnered almost 7,000 re-tweets and almost 11,000 likes mere hours after it was posted.
Could WikiLeaks' warning tweet be connected with its promise made alongside Assange at the start of this year that they will drop a huge bombshell that will blow the world away in 2017? WikiLeaks tweeted on January 3 that: "If you thought 2016 was a big WikiLeaks year, 2017 will blow you away", as it also vowed of an incoming "showdown".
Also today, after a couple more tweets after that mysterious warning message, WikiLeaks posted this call out to the public and its more than four million-strong followers: "Do you have info on the CIA undermining democracy? Securely send it to WikiLeaks:wikileaks.org/#submit