The police of Norway and the Netherlands have started formal investigations on the place where the Dutch 20, a Dutch cybersecurity expert and senior partner of WikiLeaks, has disappeared without leaving any trace.
Arjen Kamphuis, 47 online privacy expert, is known for his book "Security for Journalists", which offers advice to investigative journalists working on national security and intelligence issues. Kamphuis, who has Dutch citizenship, is a close associate of Julian Assange, founder of the international WikiLeaks website.
According to the news, Kamphuis was last seen in Bodo, a city of 50.000 inhabitants located in the Arctic region of Norway. Witnesses say that the 20 August Kamphuis checked out of his hotel in the center of Bodo and walked to the main railway station of the city, where he took a train to Trondheim, the third largest city in Norway. From there he had planned to go to Amsterdam, the 22 August.
It is not known, however, whether Kamphuis has ever boarded the train to Trondheim. He certainly did not get on board his flight to Amsterdam and he has not heard since he left the Bodo hotel on the 20 in August. The French press agency France Media Agency quoted Norwegian police spokesman Tommy Bech, who said that the Norwegian authorities were not aware of where Kamphuis might be. He avoided commenting on the incident, saying only that the Norwegian police opened a formal investigation into his disappearance, in collaboration with the police in the Netherlands.
The disappearance of the Dutch computer security expert comes when the fate of his close collaborator and founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, appears increasingly uncertain. Assange, born in Australia, has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for six years.
During that time, the Ecuadorian government offered Assange protection against charges of rape and sexual violence brought against him in Sweden, but that Assange rejects as a political conspiracy against him. Last summer, however, the new president of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, said that, soon, Assange would have to leave the embassy. Assange is also wanted in the United States for the flight of government documents classified through the WikiLeaks platform.