Conspiracy theorist believed to be behind cult that believes cannibalistic, Satan-worshipping child molesters control the world is moving to Australia
- Conspiracy theorist suspected of being behind QAnon has moved to Australia
- QAnon thinks the world is controlled by satanic cannibalistic child molesters
- Ron Watkins is believed to be behind QAnon and is the site administrator for 8kun
- 8kun has become a bulletin board for conspiracy theorists and the far right
- QAnon Anonymous podcast host Julian Feeld says Watkins is in Sydney
A prominent US conspiracy theorist believed to be behind the QAnon movement has been spotted in Australia with evidence he may be staying Down Under.
Ron Watkins is the site administrator of 8kun, formerly known as 8Chan, an internet image board that has become a base for conspiracy theories, the far right, white supremacy and Nazism.
The American, under the anonymous account name “Q”, played a major role in spreading the QAnon conspiracy theory that claims the world is controlled by cannibalistic Satan-worshipping pedophiles on websites 4chan, 8chan and 8kun.
Watkins has also promoted misinformation about Covid-19 and the conspiracy theory that Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump in the 2020 US presidential election due to voter fraud.
QAnon Anonymous podcast host Julian Feeld explained on Twitter that an anonymous source revealed to him that Ron Watkins (pictured) had been seen in Sydney and intended to move on July 26
The QAnon conspiracy theory claims that the world is controlled by cannibalistic Satan-worshipping pedophiles. Pictured: Footage from the January 6, 2021, uprising at the US Capitol where many QAnon believers stormed the government building
QAnon Anonymous podcast host Julian Feeld shared a post on his Twitter account on Wednesday, alleging that Watkins was in Sydney and intended to live in Australia.
Feeld, who has spent years researching and debunking conspiracy theories, says he got the information from a source who wished to remain anonymous.
“Ron Watkins was in Sydney, Australia with the apparent intention of moving there on July 26,” he wrote.
The odd coincidence about Watkins being spotted on July 26 was that he was running for the GOP congressional nomination in Arizona.
Watkins came in last out of seven Republican candidates, which was announced a week after his alleged visit to Sydney.
Feeld noted this in his tweet, saying it explained the conspiracy theorist’s “recent absence” from the United States.
American conspiracy theorist Ron Watkins (pictured) is believed to be behind the QAnon movement. It is claimed he now lives in Australia after traveling from the US
Watkins has previously posted messages on Telegram – an online messaging service with enhanced encryption and privacy settings – complaining about Australia’s response to Covid-19.
He, like many other conspiracy theorists and those with far-right views, has targeted Australian state lockdowns, vaccination mandates and gun laws.
But Feeld added that Watkins had since deleted “several posts referring to Australia” from Telegram after it was reported he was in Sydney.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Julian Feeld for comment.
QAnon started as a fringe group on an internet forum 4chan in 2017, but grew into a global movement that spread wild conspiracies.
QAnon conspiracy theorist protesters protest during a rally to reopen California and against Stay-At-Home guidelines on May 1, 2020 in San Diego
Watkins denied posting under the anonymous “Q” account on internet forums, but supported the QAnon conspiracy theories.
QAnon supporters were part of the group of insurgents who stormed the United States Capitol on January 6 to prevent the certification of the results of the 2020 presidential election.
In March, followers of the “Q” account promoted the theory that a speech by President Joe Biden on the Russian cybersecurity threat was a call for corporations to shore up a “new world order” with a “shadow government.”
Other QAnon followers believed that John F. Kennedy Jr, who died in a plane crash in 1999, faked his death and would return to lead the country after Donald Trump.
A poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute last year found that 15% of all Americans believe in the basic tenets of QAnon.
The FBI called the move a terrorist threat.
Watkins denied posting under the anonymous “Q” account on internet forums, but supported the QAnon conspiracy theories. Pictured: QAnon believers are seen at a Trump rally in 2020