The official Twitter account of controversial WikiLeaks founder-- @JulianAssange -- is back online after disappearing from the social media platform overnight. It's unclear whether the account was suspended by Twitter or deactivated by Assange.
Assange's account posted the following image of Santa Claus on Monday morning without explaining the brief absence.
While the account was offline, anyone who tried to reach Assange's page received an error message from Twitter.
The official WikiLeaks Twitter account was still live but wasn't mentioning the Assange account. It later posted a reference to "oddities" on Twitter and said Assange's "physical situation at the embassy remains unaltered." Assange has been holed up at the Ecuadorean embassy in London since 2012, when he sought refuge there to avoid extradition to Sweden on rape charges, which were.
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. There was no confirmation that Assange authored the alternative account and it was later suspended by Twitter.