Christmas Mystery: Did Julian Assange Delete His Own Twitter Account?

Julian Assange on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on 19 May

Julian Assange on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on 19 May

Although it appears to have been just a couple of hours since the account went down, speculation about the account's mysterious disappearance are already doing the rounds on Twitter.

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange's Twitter account mysteriously and inexplicably disappeared from the platform Sunday night on Christmas Eve.

Then at 1.5am (AEDT), he popped up again with a tweet showing a cartoon of Santa making a Wikileaks "good or bad" list.

"The inadvertent tweet was briefly posted for a few second before it was quickly deleted by the same authorized user".

Twitter users searching for his account, had gotten a notice that the "page doesn't exist".

An alternative account purporting to belong to Assange claimed Twitter deleted the account as he prepared to break a blockbuster story.

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Image screenshot wayback machine

WikiLeaks also responded to the U.S. Navy tweet.

Assange, an Australian, has been staying in Ecuador's embassy in London since 2010, living in fear of being extradited to the United States for the exposés that his site has published through the years.

Those with secrets want him alive, if he dies the real dirt is released.

The account does not appear to have been suspended by Twitter, and the most recent cached version of his account suggests he had not tweeted since Friday.

Reuters/Paul HackettWikiLeaks founder Julian Assange holds up CD's containing data on offshore bank account holders. Several users said Assange deleted his account, but some thought the account was suspended by Twitter.

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