A SERIES of tweets by Edward Snowden has prompted some Twitter users to go all 'r u ok babe?' and worry that the ball has come out of his life whistle.
It has not, according to a tweet by US lawyer and close Snowden ally Glenn Greenwald, so calm down. But while it was a rumour it was up there with the 'Paul is dead' stuff from the late 1960s.
Snowden lit a fire under the panic and rumour flame by posting a message that might have been innocuous if it wasn't from a man who is pretty much in hiding after exposing the US government and being accused of endangering its citizens.
"Did you work with me? Have we talked since 2013? Please recontact me securely. It's time," he wrote.
Snowden, who may by now have developed a taste for drama, quickly deleted this message, but followed up with something else that was equally odd: a series of lower case letters and numbers.
It looked like a code, and naturally people assumed that it was something that might have been set up to go out automatically should Snowden suddenly become 'unavailable'.
Snowden's Twitter feed shows no new posts since, which is the kind of thing that the internet could chew over for ages. However, although no-one has posted an image of Snowden holding up a copy of a current newspaper, we are led to assume that he is still this side of soil. Or, as Greenwald has confirmed, "he's fine".
Others have suggested that this was a private message, albeit one that was tweeted privately and will mean something to some people. We had pretty much worked that out for ourselves.
It is possible that Snowden was bored and sought attention. Or was just trolling. We've asked Greenwald to confirm the situation to the INQUIRER and are waiting for a response. µ
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