Nobody has heard from cybersecurity expert and occasional Wikileaks collaborator Arjen Kamphuis since he checked out of his hotel in Bodo, Norway one month ago.
In the intervening weeks, items purportedly belonging to Kamphuis, including his ID and a recently purchased kayak, were discovered by a local fisherman 50 kilometers from his hotel. While this would at first seem to suggest some type of fatal accident, in a strange twist, authorities say that both Kamphuis’ work and mobile phones were briefly switched on more than 1,700 km from Bodo 10 days after Kamphuis – who is Dutch and was purportedly traveling back to Amsterdam when he disappeared – was seen leaving his hotel.
But despite authorities best efforts, there are still more questions than answers, as the Guardian makes clear in a story about Kamphuis’ disappearance. Though police have suspiciously insisted that Kamphuis’ disappearance had nothing to do with the fact that Bodo houses a Norwegian military airbase, or that the country’s secret cyber defense operations were situated not far from where Kamphuis was staying.
Police have denied any connection between Kamphuis’s disappearance and the fact that Bodø houses a Norwegian military airbase, and that buried deep inside a nearby mountain is a major part of the Scandinavian country’s secret cyber defence operations.
With an internet campaign using the hashtag #FindArjen to locate him, unconfirmed sightings of Kamphuis have also been reported in Sweden, Denmark, Germany and several parts of Norway.
To the consternation of Kamphuis’ friends and family, who are apparently hoping that he merely decided to take a break from society for a little while, Wikileaks has ratcheted up suspicion by floating several theories and highlighted several suspicious developments, including the fact that the Norwegian military have reportedly joined the search.