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Julian Assange's Twitter account has vanished

26 December 2017, 12:55 | Rufus Hill

Andrew Parsons Global Look Press

Assange’s Twitter account mysteriously goes dark

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.

A Twitter spokesperson did not answer questions asking if the account was suspended but pointed to the company's language on how users can deactivate and reactivate their own accounts.

Another account purporting to be Assange's alternate handle claimed his page was deleted by Twitter ahead of publishing a huge new story, but there was no evidence Assange authored that message himself and the account was subsequently deleted.

However, Assange's previous Tweets - and habit of posting personal information about individuals - might've caused him to run afoul of Twitter's regulations. Assange can nearly certainly avail himself of several other social media accounts: @WikiLeaks, and those of the cat who keeps him company in his embassy exile, @EmbassyCat and on Instagram.

It's a Christmas miracle of sorts.

It's still not clear why Assange's account went away to begin with, though - as noted below - the nature of its non-appearance suggested at the time that it was a manual deletion rather than an account suspension.

A "This wasn't on my Christmas list, but I'll take it", said another. The Wikileaks boss is getting a lot of love on Twitter, too.

Assange has been living in the Embassy of Ecuador in London, UK, since 2012. Assange's official twitter page on Monday showed, "Sorry, that page doesnot exist!"

Neither Twitter or Mr. Assnage have offered an official explanation for the deleted account.

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