QAnon, the right-wing online phenomenon which originated on web imageboard 4chan and subsequently 8chan (later rebadged as 8kun) is run by controversial internet identity Jim Watkins, new evidence suggests.

Fredrick Brennan, also known as Hotwheels online, confirmed the discovery in a series of tweets posted earlier today.

Brennan is the founder and former operator of the 8chan website which he sold to Watkins in 2015.

Qmap.pub has become the key distributor of QAnon ‘drops’, and with its more user-friendly interface has opened up the QAnon information to a wider audience.

There has long been speculation of Watkins’ hand in the online conspiracy which pushes a narrative that there is a secret force of ‘white hats’ within the Trump administration fighting a pedophilic, deep-state globalist agenda which controls government, media and institutions.

QAnon has been in the news headlines again recently after Trump last week refused to denounce the conspiracy, saying “I understand they like me very much, which I appreciate”.

Yesterday, Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski and Republican Rep. Denver Riggleman introduced a bipartisan resolution in the US House condemning QAnon, calling it a “dangerous, anti-Semitic, conspiracy-mongering cult”.

There have been a number of theories over the years as to exactly who is behind the QAnon content. Watkins’ involvement has previously been called into question. This development is the latest link in a series of outings which have called into question the legitimacy of the QAnon information.

Regardless, the QAnon conspiracy is continuing to gain traction in the US and around the world, fuelled recently by a slew of related conspiracies which have cropped up due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Daniel James
Authored by Daniel James

Daniel is a Melbourne-based multimedia journalist with international experience as an editor, producer, designer and artist at some of Australasia’s biggest newsrooms. A longtime commentator and reporter on internet culture, he now journals his observations on digital life and counterculture for Boldly.

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