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Julian Assange's Twitter account has vanished

Julian Assange's Twitter account has vanished

His account has since reappeared.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's Twitter account mysteriously disappeared and reappeared on Monday.

Assange joined Twitter in February this year and has been a fairly active user.

The mysterious disappearance - and re-appearance - of the account proved even more freaky when the U.S. Navy on Christmas morning mistakenly tweeted out Assange's full name, in quotes, and nothing else.

A CBS news report says that another "unverified" account claiming to be an alternative to Assange's showed up in the absence of the verified account, suggesting the original was deleted to attract a good deal of publicity ahead of a blockbuster WikiLeaks release.

Image screenshot  wayback machine
Image screenshot wayback machine

Despite Assange's prolific tweeting, and copycats using his picture, Twitter refused to grant the Australian the blue check-mark it uses on "verified" accounts.

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".

Who has the resources to hack him?

Reuters/Paul HackettWikiLeaks founder Julian Assange holds up CD's containing data on offshore bank account holders.

And while the internet was rife with conspiracy theories about Twitter disabling the account, it initially appeared that the account was disabled externally between midnight and 1 a.m. GMT, according to Gizmodo.





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