Several online news outlets reported on the disappearance of the account of the WikiLeaks founder, which reappeared after more than 12 hours of being unavailable.
WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange's Twitter account mysteriously and inexplicably disappeared from the platform Sunday night on Christmas Eve.
Assange has since responded to the tweet with a tweet of his own.More news: Serena set to return to tennis in Abu Dhabi exhibition against Ostapenko
Assange then pointed to an official tweet from the US Navy that read simple "Julian Assange".
Social media users also raised concerns about Assange's safety as his account went offline just days after an alleged robbery at the Madrid office of WikiLeaks lawyer Baltasar Garzon. The unverified account has since been suspended from Twitter.
Assange, who has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012 to avoid extradition to avoid a rape accusation from Swedish prosecutors, has long used the social media site to communicate WikiLeaks plans.More news: Modi inaugurates Metro's Magenta line section
Another account claiming to be Assange's alternate handle said Twitter deleted the official account ahead of a blockbuster story he's preparing to break.
But there was no evidence Assange was behind that account and it has since been suspended by Twitter.
Assange's account posted the following image of Santa Claus on Monday morning without explaining the brief absence.More news: Orrin Hatch Says He's 'Grateful' for Biting Editorial That Suggested He Resign
It eventually returned without much explanation the next morning, meaning it is so far not clear if the account was purposefully suspended by Assange or Twitter, or if there was an unsuspecting glitch in the system.
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