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JM Ashby
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In other news, Trump claims that American intelligence sees the Chinese military moving forces toward Hong Kong where city-wide protests have persisted for weeks, but it's not clear if Trump revealed actual intelligence or if he just made shit up.

Meanwhile, U.S. intelligence believes the nuclear explosion in Russia last week involved the nation's nuclear-powered cruise missile program. Meanwhile, things are getting weird over there.

Finally, authorities are investigating how details of Jeffrey Epstein's death were shared on the shit-posting forum 4chan before officials reported it.

Almost 40 minutes before ABC News first reported Epstein’s death on Twitter, someone posted still-unverified details on 4chan, the anonymous message board popular with far-right trolls and white nationalists.

“[D]ont ask me how I know, but Epstein died an hour ago from hanging, cardiac arrest. Screencap this,” read the post, which was published at 8:16 a.m. alongside an image of Pepe, the green frog that has become a mascot for right-wing internet trolls. [...]

The 4chan user made six posts about Epstein’s death. One of them claimed that attempts to resuscitate Epstein were made for 40 minutes before he was transported to the hospital, at which point medical personnel tried to revive him for another 20 minutes. Those details are at least partially consistent with the information regarding Epstein’s death that have been publicly released by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

  • 1933john

    Of course, it’s not like sending
    troops to the border with Mexico.

    Here we go with another “nuclear
    erection” with the Russkies

  • muselet

    TPM commenter ”mattinpa”:

    When the news is interesting enough it can spread amazingly quickly by literal word of mouth alone. Back in the Eighties a local Philly newscaster was rumored to have been hospitalized in a gerbiling mishap and it took about a day for everyone in the region to have been told about it. With just phones and face-to-face meetings you can have an exponential rise in knowledge of a thing in no time at all. Probably the whole prison knew within minutes of the incident, and the people on the outside would be hearing about it, the medical people, all the people they told and swore to secrecy, all the people they told, all the DOJ officials and the penumbra around them, the news moving out and out and out, and meantime there’s the time-consuming process of getting the official news approved and sent out and sure, someone’s on his or her phone and that’s that. There’s probably no followable trail on this.

    Doesn’t mean the poster on 4Chan won’t be found—unless he went to ridiculous lengths to cover his tracks, he is discoverable—just that he is probably not the ultimate source of the information.

    An honest investigation of how Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide could possibly have happened would be worthwhile. An investigation into the leak will be a waste of time and money.


  • Aynwrong

    I’m amazed Trump hasn’t posted the nuclear codes on 4 chan.

    Given the political leanings of much of American law enforcement, I’m guessing it’s possible that someone in the prison might be in the habit of viewing and posting on sites like 4 chan. It wouldn’t shock me in the slightest.