Elon Musk warned that he could die ‘under mysterious circumstances.’ However, the message was not linked to Musk’s back-and-forth with Rogozin by his supporters, but was rather met with jokes as a response.
Elon Musk said on Twitter on Monday that if he died “under mysterious circumstances, it’s been nice knowin ya.” Although Musk had earlier clashed with a Russian official, his declaration elicited more laughter than anxiety.
Musk sent out a tweet early Monday morning with no further explanation. Shortly after, he shared a post by Dmitry Rogozin, Russia’s former deputy prime minister and current space agency chief, in which Rogozin claimed that the Tesla magnate would be held “accountable” for supplying Starlink internet terminals to “Nazi” militant groups in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol via the Pentagon.
Since Moscow pushed soldiers into Ukraine in late February, SpaceX has offered equipment and satellite coverage to the country, but has declined to permit Russian media to be restricted on the service, declaring himself a “free speech absolutist.” Musk did not specify whether the terminals were delivered directly to the neo-Nazi forces in Mariupol or if he rendered them accessible to Washington and Kiev.
Musk and Rogozin have had previous online feuds. Rogozin said in 2014 that the US should deploy astronauts to space on a “trampoline,” referring to the country’s dependence on Russian rockets at the time. Musk stated “the trampoline is working” when SpaceX carried two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station in 2020.
Subscribe to GreatGameIndia
Rogozin responded that he “loved” Musk’s humor, and Musk expressed his desire for “mutually beneficial and prosperous long-term cooperation” in Russian. If true, Rogozin’s complaint about Musk reportedly giving communications technology to Ukrainian neo-Nazi troops seems to be more significant.
The mysterious message was not linked to Musk’s back-and-forth with Rogozin by his American supporters. Instead, they made jokes that the billionaire must have “dirt on the Clintons,” referring to the strange deaths of people linked to Bill and Hillary Clinton, such as White House Deputy Counsel Vince Foster’s suicide in 1993, Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich’s fatal armed robbery in 2016, and billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s death, which was formally ruled a suicide in 2016.
Musk’s statement was also evocative of John McAfee’s allegations, which he made prior to his suicide in a Spanish prison last year, that he would be murdered while in custody and his death would be made to appear as a suicide. McAfee, whose namesake antivirus program made him a multibillionaire, has previously stated that if he were to “hang [him]self, a la Epstein, it will be no fault of [his].”