Julian Assange could be in danger, supporters fear after a strange tweet from WikiLeaks raised the possibility that the controversial whistleblower could be a target for assassination.
Assange's status as a polarizing figure grew during the 2016 election as WikiLeaks fed the public a steady stream of secrets from Hillary Clinton and Democrats. The document-sharing organization leaked internal emails from both the Democratic National Committee and Clinton's campaign chief, John Podesta, after U.S. intelligence officials claim Russia hacked these entities with the goal of turning the election toward Donald Trump.
In the weeks after the election, Julian Assange has found himself in the midst of conspiracy theories as supporters at one point thought he was either dead or captured. Though those theories fizzled when Assange gave interviews, a new theory has arisen that the WikiLeaks founder might be in some kind of other danger.
The theory came from a dramatic tweet posted to the WikiLeaks account clarifying that no employees were in danger of dying. The heavy implication was that someone could be targeting the organization's staff, possibly planning an attack that would look like an accidental death.