One HBO filmmaker thinks he's finally uncovered the true identity of the mysterious QAnon figurehead Q...
For years, QAnon supporters have preached false conspiracy theories online.
Believing that Hollywood elites, Democratic leaders, and the "Deep State" are all involved in one giant pedophilic, mind control ring.
Many people were quick to dismiss these crazy theories...
But for advocates of "Q," these conspiracies have become part of their core set of beliefs.
Here's everything we know about QAnon:
QAnon is said to have originated in 2017 on the 4chan message boards.
Their fundamental belief is that the world is being controlled by Hollywood and certain left-wing politicians.
Some even think the control extends to managing the weather. Similar to the Illuminati conspiracy theory.
QAnon believers say the election of Donald Trump stopped that group of elites from achieving world domination.
The president’s middle son, a main campaign surrogate, posting a QAnon message on Instagram. https://t.co/bT11puXuDs— Dave Weigel (@Dave Weigel)1592680473.0
And even entertains the idea that Trump was planning a secret counter-coup when in office.
Some QAnon supporters believe the secret group is involved in a large pedophilia ring, not unlike the "Pizzagate" conspiracy...
Some believe those involved are Satanists, and some believe both.
At the core of these conspiracy theories is a pro-Trump agenda...
And QAnon supporters were widespread at Trump 2020 campaign rallies and anti-coronavirus lockdown protests.
Q posted in the persona of a Trump administration insider on 4chan but moved to 8kun (formerly known as 8chan), the message board run by Jim and Ron Watkins.
QAnon gained widespread media coverage after the January 6 Capitol riot where rioters said they were inspired and influenced by their belief in Q.
But who is the mastermind behind QAnon?
Well now, an HBO filmmaker thinks he's finally uncovered the true identity of "Q."
And people have a lot to say...
@washingtonpost Instead of focusing on who Q is, I hoped HBO would focus on explaining how the fuck humanity has fa… https://t.co/47ZavS31tm— Ross (@Ross)1617673413.0
Nick Daly on Twitter
@washingtonpost Calling himself "Q" rather than "R" was a brilliant piece of camouflage.— Nick Daly (@Nick Daly)1617644862.0
FEMA Camp Counselor on Twitter
@washingtonpost Zero chance Q doesn’t have CIA backing— FEMA Camp Counselor (@FEMA Camp Counselor)1617668680.0
ExhaustedNihilist on Twitter
@washingtonpost This isn’t new. It’s been pretty clear for a while that it’s the nut job neckbesrd incel and his so… https://t.co/nhrH4Wi0jA— ExhaustedNihilist (@ExhaustedNihilist)1617645243.0
Anthony Bolen on Twitter
The false information they have spread is believed by many that don't know where it comes from.— Anthony Bolen (@AnthonyBolen4) April 5, 2021
"The false information they have spread is believed by many that don't know where it comes from."
It seems that Ron Watkins slipped up during an interview with Cullen Hoback, the filmmaker behind the HBO series Q: Into the Storm.
Ron Watkins is definitely NOT Q #IntoTheStorm #QIntoTheStorm https://t.co/Chu0nMfQJ3— VintageWingnut (aka Monica) (@VintageWingnut (aka Monica))1617592322.0
He spoke with Hoback about how he shared claims about voter fraud during the 2020 election.
Watkins let down his guard for a brief moment, and what Hoback captured is being hailed as irrefutable evidence.
There were points where i wondered if the HBO QAnon doc was taking me down into dark rabbit holes that I didn’t want to be in, but the last episode made the whole ride worth it.— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) April 6, 2021
"It was basically three years of intelligence training, teaching normies how to do intelligence work. It was basically what I was doing anonymously before, but never as Q," Watkins told Hoback.
Watkins then tried to backtrack: "Never as Q. I promise. I am not Q."
Families were destroyed by QAnon. People died of Covid because of QAnon. Many Americans no longer trust our elect… https://t.co/dli9Bfuxgq— Bryan Behar (@Bryan Behar)1617688735.0
"Ron had slipped up," Hoback said in the video. "He knew it, and I knew it — and after three tireless years of cat and mouse."
It was long speculated that Watkins was the one posing as Q.
According to the HBO documentary “Into the Storm”, Ron Watkins (aka CodeMonkey) is Q. https://t.co/CEi9rGAA61— Obnoxious and Anonymous (@Obnoxious and Anonymous)1617601437.0
The possibility that Watkins wrote over 4,000 messages from Q was speculated back in 2017.
Watkins and his father, Jim Watkins, have claimed multiple times to have back-channeled access to Q...
Catching up on this, amazed at the level of access they got to the Jim and Ron Watkins. https://t.co/E7cPfMVbVI— • I Λ П | F Λ Y • (@• I Λ П | F Λ Y •)1617402864.0
Supposedly a high-level operative with internal access to the US government.
It has proved almost impossible to identify Q, as 8kun users are anonymous.
Actual footage of Ron Watkins today https://t.co/DnIIUL34Zi— AccountabiliKelly (@AccountabiliKelly)1617652624.0
Instead of names, users are assigned a code that identifies them.
Speaking with the CNN anchor Anderson Cooper on "AC360"...
My personal takeaway from the HBO QAnon doc is just how bad Jim and Ron Watkins are at lying to your face, but that same shamelessness is incredibly effective when laundered through social media and a network of collaborators.— Zach Heltzel (@zachheltzel) April 5, 2021
Hoback said: "There was a lot of 'lore' around (Watkins) in QAnon, and he's also one of the admins of the site where Q posts. I thought that it was possible that he would know more about Q than anyone else."
Hoback added that he thought Watkins wanted the "credit" for QAnon.
This is the big reveal in the finale of #QIntotheStorm where Ron Watkins says too much to Cullen Hoback and lets hi… https://t.co/GthSdjKOXU— Shayan Sardarizadeh (@Shayan Sardarizadeh)1617594227.0
"I'd always been waiting for that moment where Ron would slip up," Hoback said. "I think it happened as the result of super-optimism, where he had gotten away with it for so long, and he wasn't really watching his words."
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