LMAO, People Thought Snowden Was Dead Because of a Tweet

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Image credit: AP

After NSA whistleblower and millennial sex symbol Edward Snowden tweeted a mysterious string of characters on Friday afternoon, conspiracy theorists and concerned fans feared he might be dead when Sputnik, a Russian news site, reported the now-deleted code might be a “dead man’s switch,” which is apparently something Snowden could have set up “if he did not check in to the computer at a certain time,” according to Inquisitr.

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When a Twitter user asked Snowden’s pal Glenn Greenwald if he was OK, Greenwald responded, “He’s fine.”

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(To which @Korozia75 responded, “Come on. Who cares about Snowden. His stupidest asshol.” Fair point.)

Two days earlier, Snowden tweeted—and subsequently deleted—a message to his former coworkers saying “It’s time.” Some speculate his tweet from Friday was an encryption code for new files he will soon leak. Of course, this is all conjecture.

Image credit: Twitter/Wayback Machine
Image credit: Twitter/Wayback Machine
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Barton Gellman, who is currently working on a book about Snowden, assured the public he is OK and reminded the public, “Some tweets have private meaning.”

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This is the equivalent of tweeting, “Something bad happened. Really sad. Don’t @ me.” C’mon Snowden, spill the beans already!

Eve Peyser was the night editor at Gizmodo.

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Screw Snowden, he put every single american at risk. We have the advantage because of our secrets. By all means his stupidity just made things harder for the United States and our allies to have a vantage point during an all out war...and it’s going to happen with china very soon.

Give me the gun, teach me some Russian, a meeting point and an escape plan...and ill do him in for all of us.