Did Shinzo Abe tweet about having information that could lead to Hillary Clinton’s arrest before his death?

We came across this post on Twitter:

Shinzo Abe, the former Japanese Prime Minister was assassinated by a gunman while he was delivering a campaign speech on Friday, July 8. The tweet, purportedly written before Abe’s death, on July 7 at 1:09 p.m shows a post by an account with the Twitter handle “@ShinzoAbe” that included a Google translation in English reading, “I have information that will lead to the arrest of Hillary Clinton.” The screenshot also shows a Twitter verified blue checkmark next to the user’s name.

The post, suggesting that Hillary Clinton was somehow linked to Abe’s assassination left several Twitter users unsure of the validity of the image.

However, the post is simply a reference to a long-running internet meme and conspiracy theory which speculates that Bill and Hillary Clinton had ordered the assassinations of numerous political enemies and eyewitnesses to secure power and protect themselves from legal prosecution. These memes usually imagine famous deceased people announcing that they possess information which may indict Hillary Clinton shortly before their death.

Additionally, there is no verified account on Twitter with the name @ShinzoAbe, with the account associated with that username not having posted anything since it was created in July 2009. Abe’s actual, verified Twitter account uses the handle @AbeShinzo, and a different profile photo showing him from the torso up, with his arms crossed over his chest. There was no mention of the tweet on his official account either.

In conclusion, the image of the tweet by Shinzo Abe about Hillary Clinton is false. The Twitter account shown in the alleged post does not belong to the former prime minister and is a reference to a popular internet meme and conspiracy theory.

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