Some QAnon followers appear to believe that Tony Bobulinski, the former business partner of Hunter Biden, may be the person behind the baseless conspiracy theory, following his recent Fox News interview.
During the interview on Tucker Carlson Tonight, the former Navy lieutenant and former CEO of Sinohawk Holdings said that during his time as an officer he held a top secret level security clearance, which he pointed out was known as Q clearance.
Bobulinski said that because of this, he would be audited every year to make sure he was not receiving gifts which might suggest he was being influenced by "Russians, the Iranians, the Chinese and stuff like that."
Bobulinski has made unverified claims that Sinohawk Holdings is a partnership involving Chinese energy company CEFC and the family of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. He said that he believes Biden and his son, Hunter, had been "compromised" by this.
In making that claim, Bobulinski again mentioned the security pass.
"Obviously, I'd reference that I held a Q clearance, you're briefed on compromise and who you're able to talk with and deal and do business with," he said.
"And I just don't see, given the history here and the facts, how Joe can't be influenced in some manner based on the history that they have here with CEFC and stuff like that. So as a citizen and an American taxpayer, I'm very, very concerned."
Biden has denied having any "overseas business whatsoever". The Wall Street Journal has previously found that texts and emails it had received from Bobulinski provided no evidence that Joe Biden ever used his political standing as a former vice president to aid Hunter's business dealings in China.
Since the Fox interview, some QAnon followers suggested Bobulinski's reference to Q clearance could mean he is the figurehead behind the conspiracy theory.
The baseless theory that President Donald Trump is waging a secret war against Satan-worshiping pedophiles and cannibals stem from a shadowy figure known only as "Q", who originally would leave clues on controversial message board site 4Chan.
While never making explicit accusations, Q would post coded messages, or "drops", which were interpreted by QAnon followers. "Q" claimed to have a knowledge of high-level security clearance within the U.S. government.
"Bobulinski just said he held a Q clearance (top-secret clearance) when he was a Naval Officer. He also described himself as a 'Patriot' at his initial press conference," one Twitter account with more than 50,000 followers, posted.
This is believed to be the first time that Bobulinski, who served as an instructor for Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, has been linked to the conspiracy. He has not publicly made any reference to it or its claims before.
Elsewhere, supporters of the theory suggested Bobulinski is the "stealth bomber"—a reference to messages from Q which have appeared online as far back as 2018.
The Stealth Bomber is an apparent figure who will "navigate around installed corrupt" government agencies and expose so-called truths.
Having previously suggested that Robert Mueller, Jeff Sessions or Bill Barr may be the promised Stealth Bomber discussed by Q amid the Russia collusion investigation, the conspiracy theorists are now making the same link for Bobulinski.
"Those who believe that the FBI is sitting on bombshell information likely believe that now is the perfect time for Q's promised Stealth Bomber to sneak past the corrupt agencies to the media to expose the truth about the Bidens," noted Twitter user @sadclownesq, who tracks QAnon supporters and their claims online.
"Anons have just started with the Stealth Bomber connections, but between the hero role they need filled and tonight's explicit invocation of 'Q clearance,' I think Tony Bobulinski is about to get very, very popular in online conspiracyland."
Newsweek has approached Bobulinski for comment.