The belongings of a prominent Dutch cybersecurity expert who disappeared in August have been discovered floating in the sea 30 miles from Bodø, Norway.
This has led to speculation about the fate of Arjen Kamphuis, who was last seen in the Arctic Circle after leaving a hotel in Bodø, with plans to travel to Trondheim by train, which is ten hours away.
Mr. Kamphuis, an associate of the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, never boarded the train or connecting flight to Amsterdam.
An exhaustive search led by the Norwegian police has failed to locate Mr. Kamphuis, however, a kayak that is believed to belong to him has been recovered from the sea.
Arjen Kamphuis (pictured) was last seen at the Arctic Circle after leaving a hotel in Bodø, with plans to travel to Trondheim by train, which is ten hours away (pictured in March 2017) )
The next day, a fisherman discovered more of Mr. Kamphuis's belongings, including an identification card.
However, phone records suggest that ten days after they saw him leave the hotel, his personal and work mobile phone went on momentarily.
During this time, German SIM cards were inserted into phones more than 1,000 miles from the northern city, in Vikeså near Stavanger.
Currently, three different lines of investigation are being carried out, including a possible suicide, an accident or a dirty game, according to the police.
Mr. Kamphuis, an associate of Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, never boarded the train or connecting flight to Amsterdam (in the May photo providing infosecurity training to journalists operating in war zones)
Mr Kampuis's belongings were found on the sea off Norway … before his telephones were connected 1,000 miles away (pictured)
In the midst of increasing speculation, Wikileaks tweeted: & # 39; @JulianAssange, associate and author of & # 39; Information security for journalists & # 39 ;, @ ArjenKamphuis has disappeared. & # 39;
The followers of the site of denunciations have suggested that Kamphuis, a defender of the rights of privacy in line, can have been kidnapped or assassinated by the secret services of the United States, Great Britain or Russia.
An exhaustive search led by the Norwegian police has failed to locate Mr. Kamphuis, however, a kayak (pictured) that is believed to belong to him has been recovered from the sea.
Others suggested that he may have worked clandestinely for Assange on a secret mission.
Police have denied a link between his disappearance and a nearby military base that houses a large part of the country's secret cyber defense.
Unconfirmed sightings of Kamphuis have also been reported in Sweden, Denmark, Germany and several parts of Norway, following a campaign on the Internet with the hashtag #FindArjen.
Wikileaks has been accused by people close to the cyberjournalist of using his disappearance for his own benefit.
Ancilla van der Leest said: "I hate how Arjen's Wikileaks connection has become exaggerated.
"He advised many newspaper parties and organizations about infosecurity, in this sense, he was also a" Reuters associate. "
The Dutch media reported that Mr. Kamphuis gave advice to WikiLeaks members on how to dodge government surveillance.
The hotel reception where Julian Assange's missing partner, Mr. Kamphuis, was last seen
The exterior of the hotel where Mr. Kamphuis was last seen before disappearing in the Bodø area in Norway
He is also believed to have visited Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been living since 2012, because he fears extradition to the United States if he leaves the building.
The director of Big Brother Silkie Carlo, tweeted: WikiLeaks might want to make this sound like it's about them, but it's not … It makes me feel bad to me, and to others, to see that Arjen is missing or is out of contact. Reported as a murder mystery WikiLeaks & # 39;
Carlo said that Mr. Kamphuis had already disconnected from the network. It can be good for the soul. I was worried before, and now it's worrying. But I have great faith that he will return to the welcoming arms of his friends when he is ready, in his own time. "
Mr. Kamphuis bought the folding kayak before leaving the Netherlands, citing that he went kayaking in the fjords.
His friends suggested that he had not ventured into dangerous territory without company, since he was not reckless, and his motto was "safer than sorry".
After leaving a hotel in Bodø, Mr. Kamphuis plans to travel to Trondheim by train, however, he never boarded it
Exterior view of the police station in Bodø, Norway