Explained Sidney Powells connections to the QAnon movement


President Donald Trump’s former campaign attorney Sidney Powell appears to have further solidified her ties to the QAnon movement while continuing to make unproven claims about the election results.

Powell shared the stage at a “Stop the Steal” rally in Georgia on Tuesday night with her new ally Lin Wood, a lawyer who also represents alleged Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse.

The demonstration sparked outrage after Wood proposed that Trump supporters abstain in the crucial upcoming January 5 runoff election in Georgia, as Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue “did not deserve” their support.

“Do not give it to them. Why would you go back and vote in another rigged election, for God’s sake! Fix it! You have to fix it,” Wood said.

Wood, who has repeatedly claimed that the election was rigged and helped spread misinformation about election fraud, has the hashtag #WWG1WGA – an abbreviation of the QAnon slogan “where we go one we go all-in his Twitter biography” in his Twitter biography.

On Monday, Powell also quoted an affidavit from Ron Watkins, a man with significant connections to the QAnon movement, in their recent lawsuit against the election results.

Watkins is the former administrator of the controversial message board website 8Kun, originally known as 8Chan. Users of 8Chan emigrated en masse from 4chan, where the basis of the QAnon conspiracy theory first appeared in late 2017 as a result of cryptic messages posted there by a mysterious figure called “Q”.

The coded messages or “drops” would be interpreted by QAnon followers to form what would become the radical claims of the movement, which includes satanic pedophiles and the “deep state”.

The messages of Q then began to appear on 8Kun. Although Q has posted thousands of times in recent years, Q’s messages have only been sent three times since election day, much to the chagrin of many devout QAnon followers.

November 3rd also happens to be the same day that Watkins announced his resignation as Admin of 8Kun, which caused speculation that he himself is the figure behind QAnon. He denies these allegations.

In Powell’s lawsuit, Watkins does not directly claim that election fraud was committed in Georgia. Instead, he states that voting machines “may allow election fraud by unethical officials,” which in his view is “within the realm of the possible.

On Twitter, Watkins has repeatedly made allegations that the Dominion Voting Systems voting machines used in the election were part of a conspiracy to cost Trump the election.

This is not the first time Powell has been associated with QAnon.

She came to the fore as an attorney for former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

The recently pardoned Flynn has been considered a hero in the QAnon movement since he took a makeshift oath of office in his backyard that ended with the line “where we go one we go all”.

Flynn also has hashtags which are used by the QAnon movement in his Twitter biography.

In the past Powell has appeared in QAnon supporting YouTube shows and has also frequently answered QAnon Twitter accounts.

Powell has also tweeted with the hashtags #TheStormIsComing and #TheStorm – a reference to the moment when QAnon supporters believe that Trump will begin to bring down the “deep state” and arrest leading democratic figures.

Powell’s current avatar on her Twitter profile is a picture of her along with Flynn and a not-so-subtle lightning storm that appears above the White House.

Michael Flynn’s new lawyer, Sidney Powell, has repeatedly re-tweeted key QAnon accounts, including one of the three people reported by NBC News who helped spread the conspiracy theory. pic.twitter.com/NErSoX04ex

– Alex Kaplan (@AlKapDC) June 12, 2019

Powell seems to have welcomed QAnon’s support for their slogan “Release the Kraken”. The Kraken was the name given to her lawsuits, which she said would prove that fraud had been committed in Georgia and Michigan.

Later, it turned out that the lawsuits contained a series of typos, repeated exposed allegations and no hard evidence.

Elsewhere, a joint Twitter account between Powell and Wood named @KrakenWood was blocked just days after it was set up. It is not clear why Twitter suspended the account.

Twitter and Powell were contacted for comment.


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