Assange's handle re-emerges after 'Twitter oddities' & weird US Navy post

Julian Assange on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on 19 May

It's been a unusual Christmas for media outlets who have been following Assange's social media posts, as his official Twitter account suddenly went off the air late Sunday night, on December 24, according to The Daily Beast.

There's no mention of what might've happened to Assange's account on the Wikileaks account.

The post was a quote from Assange himself, which read: "A knowledgeable public, is an empowered public, is a free public".

Assange then pointed to an official tweet from the US Navy that read simple "Julian Assange".

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.

Assange, an Australian, has been staying in Ecuador's embassy in London since 2010, living in fear of being extradited to the United States for the exposés that his site has published through the years.

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Of course, Twitter users were quick to question whether the account had been deleted or removed.

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File image of Julian Assange.

"It's a Christmas miracle!" one user wrote. Several users said Assange deleted his account, but some thought the account was suspended by Twitter.

But there was no evidence Assange was behind that account and it has since been suspended by Twitter.

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