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The Leader of the QAnon Conspiracy Theory Returns

  • June 25, 2022

The account posted a third time, writing: “Are you ready to serve your country again? Remember your oath.”

The return comes at an important time for one of QAnon’s leading figures: Ron Watkins, a 30-something computer programmer and a former administrator of 8kun who is widely believed to be the person behind Q. An HBO documentary tied him to the account, and two forensic analyses showed empirical similarities in their writing styles.

Mr. Watkins is running a long-shot bid for a congressional seat in Arizona’s second district. Strategists in the state expect that he will lose the race when the primary is held on Aug. 2 after raising little money and giving an awkward debate performance that failed to rouse Republican support.

Mr. Watkins has denied having any involvement with Q. He did not immediately return a request for comment on Saturday.

Daniela Peterka-Benton, an associate professor at Montclair State University who has also studied QAnon, cautioned against ascribing too much logic to Q’s return now, suggesting that the person’s goal is simply to “see the world burn.”

“I don’t think this person has a plan,” she said. “But I think they really enjoy that they have so much power.”

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