| Jim Watkins |
|Born||James Arthur Watkins|
Jim Watkins is an American businessman and the operator of the imageboard website 8chan and textboard website 2channel.
Watkins founded the company N.T. Technology in the 1990s to support a Japanese pornography website he created while he was enlisted in the United States Army. After leaving the Army to focus on the company, Jim Watkins moved to the Philippines. He began providing domain and hosting services to 8chan in 2014, and became the site's official owner and operator the same year.
Some journalists and researchers believe that Watkins or his son, Ron Watkins, know the identity of, or are themselves, "Q", the person or group of people behind the QAnon conspiracy theory. In 2020, Watkins created the "Disarm the Deep State" super PAC to support political candidates who promote QAnon.
In August 2021, the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol wrote to Jim Watkins requesting the provision of "the following documents and information since April 1, 2020, unless otherwise specified: no later than September 9, 2021."
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