Wikileaks employee who mysteriously disappeared in Norway a year ago & # 39; probably had a kayak accident & # 39 ;, police say
- Arjen Kamphuis, then 47, disappeared from the northern Norwegian city of Bodo
- Police say WikiLeaks employee probably swept to the sea after kayaking
- The body of the cyber security expert has not yet been restored by the police
- Kamphuis mainly known for his book entitled & # 39; Information security for journalists & # 39;
A Dutch WikiLeaks employee who went missing under mysterious circumstances a year ago probably had a kayak accident, the Norwegian police said on Friday.
They added that the body of Arjen Kamphuis, a cyber security expert at the age of 47, is still missing.
Kamphuis disappeared after leaving his hotel in the northern Norwegian city of Bodo on August 20, 2018.
He was supposed to fly back to Amsterdam two days later, on August 22 from Trondheim airport, but never made it.
His disappearance caused a wave of conspiracy theories on social media ranging from CIA and Russian involvement to a mission to carry out a secret project for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Arjen Kamphuis, pictured above, was missing in the small northern Norwegian town of Bodo on August 20, 2018. The cyber security expert had links to the WikiLeaks website that published classified information from the Pentagon, fueling conspiracy theories of man's disappearance. Police said today that his & # 39; mysterious disappearance & # 39; & # 39; most likely & # 39; was the result of an accident while kayaking in a fjord
The 47-year-old was best known for his book entitled & # 39; Information Security for Journalists & # 39 ;, which advised the press on how they could protect themselves against government collecting information online
Then the police discovered a kayak in the same area where a fisherman had found some personal belongings from Kamphuis in the waters, about 30 miles east of Bodo.
& # 39; The police concluded that Kamphuis was most likely to have had an accident on the evening of August 20, 2018, while kayaking in the Skjerstad Fjord, a few kilometers north of the village of Rognan in the county of Nordland in Northern Norway, and then at sea is lost, & the police said in a statement.
& # 39; His body has still not recovered, & # 39; she added.
Kamphuis was an employee of WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, and he had to fly back to Amsterdam just two days after his disappearance. WikiLeaks said he was booked for a flight from Trondheim to Amsterdam on August 22
WikiLeaks, who published secret American military documents and diplomatic cables in 2010, called the disappearance of Kamphuis "strange".
The mystery deepens when a telephone linked to Kamphuis was briefly switched on in an area near the southwestern city of Stavanger, 1.6 km from Bodo, on 30 August last year.
But on Friday, the police explained that two truck drivers from Eastern Europe had found the phone, a laptop, and other items from Kamphuis while they were fishing where his kayak was found and took the items.
& # 39; The police have no reason to believe that the truck drivers were otherwise involved in the disappearance of Mr. Kamphuis & # 39 ;, according to the police statement.
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