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Nuclear slip-up?

US military account mysteriously tweets ‘;l;;gmlxzssaw’

Twitter users speculate if message was a typo or the nuclear launch codes; official response blames a small child

The tweet sent by the US Strategic Command on March 29, 2021. (Screenshot: Twitter)
The tweet sent by the US Strategic Command on March 29, 2021. (Screenshot: Twitter)

A Monday tweet from the US Strategic Command account had social media users trying to puzzle out the meaning behind a seemingly nonsensical phrase, “;l;;gmlxzssaw.”

The tweet immediately went viral, with Twitter users jokingly speculating whether the cryptic phrase was a nuclear missile launch sequence or some other confidential password.

The military account said shortly after to “disregard” the confusing string of gibberish.

Giant Military Cats, an account dedicated to sharing photoshopped images of enormous feline operating military equipment, shared a screenshot of the incomprehensible tweet, saying “I am in big trouble … ” — implying a cat crawling over a keyboard caused the mishap.

“It’s a pocket tweet from our nuclear headquarters. Everything’s fine,” former army lieutenant general Mark Hertling tweeted, with a grinning emoji.

According to the Daily Dot website, the gibberish tweet made by the agency that controls US nukes was actually produced by a small child.

The US Strategic Command’s Freedom of Information Act officer told the website that the tweet had been made while the agency’s Twitter manager momentarily left his computer unattended.

Given the significance of the agency, the tweet also reached followers of the QAnon conspiracy, who were convinced the cryptic message was part of something grander.

“Absolutely nothing nefarious occurred, i.e., no hacking of our Twitter account,” the official response added.

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