For months, the internet has been going mad with wild rumors and speculation as to Julian Assange's definitive whereabouts, with many demanding Assange's proof of life from WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks, for its part, has repeatedly stated that Julian is alive and well and that their organization continues to publish.
This, however, hasn't been quite enough for many people, and three days ago WikiLeaks finally entreated conspiracy theorists to stop demanding proof of life from them and go straight to the one person who actually controls Julian's internet connection and physical environment - namely, Rafael Correa, the President of the Republic of Ecuador.
Please stop asking us for "proof of life". We do not control Assange's physical environment or internet connection. @MashiRafael does.Whilst the internet has practically begged on bended knee for Julian Assange to shimmy his way over to the window and show his form to the world as proof of life, this could pose some very real dangers to him and he has wisely declined to do this to date. However, for those who have been paying attention, Assange has indeed given proof of life over Thanksgiving, when he tweeted under the guise of his clever cat who is interested in counter-purrveillance. Embassy Cat appeared to be having a difficult time choosing just what bird he fancied the most as both were equally tasty in his eyes.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) November 24, 2016
????Mmmm! Can't decide which is more tasty - bird beginning with C???? or maybe bird beginning with T????! #thanksgiving???????? pic.twitter.com/3j9Vn2nkmWMany will recall that the last time Julian Assange tweeted was on September 26, when Embassy Cat was enjoying a good catfight between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during their first presidential debate. But as WikiLeaks continued to publish, it was seemingly feared that the election might be unduly influenced, and Assange's connection was severed by the Ecuadorian Embassy. Nobody heard from Julian after that, and proof of life speculation began in earnest and refused to cease.
— Embassy Cat (@EmbassyCat) November 24, 2016
Paws! Catfight is about to start! But somehow it looks like #samelitter! https://t.co/UBH4F7giuD #clinton #trump pic.twitter.com/fIN4zA7zL2After Embassy Cat's Thanksgiving tweet showing very real proof of life from Julian Assange, we also have his enlightening talk at the fifth annual Free Connected Minds FCM conference, which took place in Beirut on Saturday, November 26 at the Phoenicia Hotel, and which you can listen to on Soundcloud. In this one hour discussion, Assange laid to rest the rumor that WikiLeaks had been infiltrated by outsiders and he can be heard saying the claim that the CIA have taken over WikiLeaks is patently "false."
— Embassy Cat (@EmbassyCat) September 27, 2016
Full audio of talk by WikiLeaks' Julian Assange at #FCM16 today https://t.co/pTJPeDwv7aJust in case more proof is needed, the third and final piece of incontrovertible evidence that shows Julian is indeed alive and still roaming this good earth comes from former British Ambassador Craig Murray himself, who physically met and dined with Assange on the same day that he gave his talk at the Connected Minds conference.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) November 26, 2016
"Just got back after a long chat with Julian Assange. We were joined for a light supper by the ever interesting and ebullient Yanis Varoufakis. Another of those brilliant evenings that will live in the mind. Julian is very aware of the persistent rumours about his position or health. He is fine apart from a cold, and buoyed by recent events."
Now that the internet can rest easy, safe in the knowledge the Assange is still alive and that the important work of WikiLeaks continues uninterrupted, it is worthwhile turning your attention once again to the actual work of the organization, especially as they have just released a collection of 500 documents known as The Yemen Files. WikiLeaks exists to educate the public and hold governments accountable and it is due to their courageous work that so many people have been in abject fear over Julian Assange's life which is a huge compliment to him and the organization that he founded.
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