The conspiracy theory known as QAnon has been a subject of controversy since its inception. Recently, The Black Vault obtained a small collection of previously unseen FBI files that shed new light on the federal investigation of QAnon.
For those unfamiliar with the topic, QAnon is a conspiracy theory that emerged on the internet in 2017. Its followers believe in a worldwide cabal of satanic pedophiles and cannibals, which they claim includes top politicians and Hollywood celebrities. This theory alleges that an anonymous online figure known as “Q” is leaking top-secret information about this cabal to the public. The identity of “Q” remains unknown, adding a layer of mystery and intrigue to the narrative.
This newly released set of documents was obtained by The Black Vault through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, case number 1459895-000. Out of the 43 pages found by the FBI related to QAnon, only 19 have been released. The remaining pages are withheld under Title 5, United States Code, Section 552, subsection (b)(7)(A).
Title 5, United States Code, Section 552, subsection (b)(7)(A) allows an agency to exempt certain information from public release if it could harm a specific interest. In this particular case, the FBI explains the reason to exempt the material as it, “… pertains to records or information compiled for law enforcement purposes, the release of which could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings.”
The information in these withheld documents could potentially provide insights into the scope and nature of the FBI’s investigation into QAnon, its potential threats to national security, and the countermeasures taken by the agency. However, the information contained within the withheld documents remains a subject of speculation, mirroring the elusive nature of QAnon itself.
The release of these documents serves as a crucial reminder of the ongoing tension between public transparency and the need to safeguard certain information in the interests of national security. It is a delicate balance to strike, but one that is vital in our pursuit of truth and understanding in an increasingly complex world.
FBI Releases Files On QAnon; Withholds More Than Half Of Them [29 Pages, 1MB]