Julian Assange's Twitter account reappears after mysterious absence

Julian Assange's Twitter account reappears after mysterious absence

Julian Assange's Twitter account reappears after mysterious absence

The Internet Archive - or someone availing themselves of its services - appears to have been preserving snapshots of Assange's account once every hour since September 18 of this year.

The account was wiped from Twitter sometime Christmas Eve leaving many to guess whether the social media company deleted his account before a supposed new blockbuster release or if Assange erased the account himself.

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

Assange's last tweet appears to have been posted on 22 December and it included an image with one of Assange's own quotes, which said, "A knowledgeable public, is an empowered public, is a free public".

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

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Image screenshot wayback machine

Gizmodo reported that Assange's Twitter account was likely deleted between midnight and 1am GMT.

However, some users speculated that Assange was taken out by Twitter as part of the social media platform's recent purge of inflammatory posters, many on the far right, the report added.

Do i think Julian Assange is truly gone from twitter? No. Meanwhile, another account has come up claiming to be an alternative handle by Assange and started posting claims of censorship before it was suspended.

Julian Assange's Twitter account is missing. Assange's account was down just long enough to attract some attention, so much so, that Assange's name was trending on Twitter on Christmas day.

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