Fact Check

No, Shinzo Abe Didn't Tweet This About Hillary Clinton Before His Death

"I have information that will lead to the arrest of Hillary Clinton," said a fake tweet attributed to Abe.

Published Jul 11, 2022

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (L) stands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before a meeting at the Kitano Hotel on September 19, 2016 in New York. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images) (Getty Images)
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Before his death on July 8, 2022, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tweeted he had evidence that would "lead to the arrest of Hillary Clinton."

Fact Check

Shortly after former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was assassinated on July 8, 2022, he became the target of a hackneyed conspiracy-theory meme.

The meme comprises fake screenshots or posts supposedly authored by high-profile people who have recently died. The gist of the conspiracy theory is that those people supposedly had incriminating information on Hillary or Bill Clinton, and, because of that, they were killed as part of a Clinton cover-up scheme.

In the days after Abe's death, this fake screenshot was shared on social media:

Fake tweet from Shinzo Abe: I haave information that will lead to the arrest of Hillary Clinton.

The text of the fake tweet read, "I have information that will lead to the arrest of Hillary Clinton." Several social media users questioned whether the post was real.

Screenshots supposedly showing tweets written by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Halyna Hutchins, a cinematographer killed by a prop gun misfire shot by actor Alec Baldwin, made the same claim — verbatim — after their deaths.

Also, the Twitter handle shown in the image above (@ShinzoAbe) was not the handle for Abe's official Twitter account (@AbeShinzo).

Although the entire Clinton family is a favorite target of conspiracy theorists, Hillary Clinton became a prominent obsession among them when she launched a presidential campaign against Donald Trump in 2016, and after she lost that race.

Abe was assassinated while delivering a speech in the Japanese city of Nara. He served as Japan's prime minister from 2012 to 2020.

Bethania Palma is a journalist from the Los Angeles area who started her career as a daily newspaper reporter and has covered everything from crime to government to national politics. She has written for ... read more