Assange Tweets Famous Chess Match Depicting “Safe White King” One Day After Ecuador Grants Citizenship


One day after Julian Assange was granted Ecuadorian citizenship, the Wikileaks founder tweeted a cryptic picture of a famous 1918 chess match in which Cuban chess master José Raúl Capablanca defeats U.S. champion Frank Marshall using a pawn.

— Julian Assange ⌛ (@JulianAssange) January 13, 2018

The move which Assange tweets can be seen below at approximately 7:14, in which the narrator says “And the white king is finally feeling safe.”

Checkmate via pawn.

— thebradfordfile (@thebradfordfile) January 13, 2018

Theories naturally began to swirl in various corners of the internet, with some suggesting Assange’s tweet is a message to his followers that he, “the White King” is safe. Others took the “white king” to mean President Trump – who is well protected while a pawn is used to win the match.

Black’s queen has been marginalized to an ineffective slot behind white’s still-standing and strongly-defended king-knight pawn. Capablanca is able to finally develop the resources patiently waiting on the queen side. Although not as flashy as Marshall’s full assault in the opening, Capablanca’s pawn attack comes at a better time and is much more devastating. A slow-motion invasion of black’s deserted queen side.

Others pointed out that Capablanca’s name translates to “White Hat” – a phrase commonly referring to an ethical computer hacker or government operative.

Capa = Cap (hat)
Blanca = White
Capablanca Vs. Marshall 1918

— B (@B75434425) January 13, 2018

White has next move.

— B (@B75434425) January 13, 2018

Given the timing of Assange’s Ecuadorian citizenship, at minimum the tweet suggests that some type of wheels are in motion, and Assange’s stay at the Ecuadorian embassy in London – going on six years, is close to an end.

On Wednesday we reported that Julian Assange had been granted an Ecuadorian passport based on information found on a government website – one day after Ecuadorian officials made a veiled threat to evict him from the Embassy. That day, Assange tweeted a picture of himself wearing an Ecuador football shirt – fueling speculation:

— Julian Assange ⌛ (@JulianAssange) January 10, 2018

This was followed by Ecuador’s largest newspaper, El Universo, reported the news, citing “reliable sources”. And now, it is confirmed. More from Reuters:




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