For a brief, strange moment yesterday, @JulianAssange was no more.
For reasons unknown, the official Twitter account of Julian Assange, the leader of disgraced transparency organisation Wikileaks, was been deleted earlier tonight for reasons unknown. The Internet Archive —or someone availing themselves of its services—appears to have been preserving snapshots of Assange’s account once every hour since 18 September of this year. Based on that information, it’s likely the @JulianAssange account was deleted between midnight and 1am GMT on 25 December.
The account did not appear to have been suspended by Twitter, and the most recent cached version of his account suggests he had not tweeted between Friday and his mysterious vanishing act. Strangely, the official account of Wikileaks itself remains intact and has not commented on the disappearance of its founder from the platform.
Assange’s account came back online a few hours later on Monday morning (albeit with a fraction of his former followers) with no explanation about the account’s disappearance and the following illustration from 2010.
— Julian Assange 🔹 (@JulianAssange) December 25, 2017