Exiled NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden sparked intrigue on 5 August after tweeting a 64-digit code to his two million-strong Twitter following, which conspiracy theorists quickly assumed meant he had met his untimely demise. The fears were sparked by a Russian news website called Sputnik, which reported the now-deleted tweet could have been a “dead man’s switch” – an insurance code set up to aid the release of another trove of documentation “if he did not check in to the computer at a certain time.”

Is Edward Snowden dead? Conspiracy theory claims whistleblower killed after cryptic tweet

Wikileaks fugitive Edward Snowden ‘alive and well’ says Russian lawyer despite death rumours and mystery tweet