In its most basic sense, an "anon" is an anonymous or pseudonymous internet poster. The concept of anons "doing research" and claiming to disclose otherwise classified information, while a key component of the QAnon conspiracy theory, is by no means exclusive to it. Before Q, a number of so-called anons also claimed to have special government access.  On July 2, 2016, the anonymous poster "FBI Anon", a self-described "high-level analyst and strategist" who claimed to have "intimate knowledge of the inner workings of the Clinton case", began posting lies about the 2016 investigation into the Clinton Foundation and claimed that Hillary Clinton would be imprisoned if Trump became president. Around that time, "HLI Anon", standing for "High Level Insider Anon", hosted long question-and-answer sessions, dispensing various conspiracy theories, including that Princess Diana was murdered after trying to stop the September 11 attacks.  Soon after the 2016 United States elections, two anonymous posters, "CIA Anon" and "CIA Intern", falsely claimed to be high-ranking CIA officers, and in late August 2017, "WH Insider Anon" offered a supposed preview that something that was "going to go down" regarding leaks that would affect the Democratic Party.