In a Christmas Day mystery, the official Twitter account of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was deleted.
And while the internet was rife with conspiracy theories about Twitter disabling the account, it initially appeared that the account was disabled externally between midnight and 1 a.m. GMT, according to Gizmodo.
According to an archived version of his @Julian Assange Twitter account, his most recent tweet was posted on December 22: “A knowledgeable public, is an empowered public, is a free public.”
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.
The WikiLeaks Twitter handle as well as one associated with his cat, @EmbassyCat, are still functional on the site.
Twitter has not responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.
— DeplorableSue (@SueCFlorida) December 25, 2017
Still, the internet being the internet, many speculated darkly about Assange’s disappearance from one of his favorite online media.
— Della Gates (@DellaGates_1237) December 25, 2017
Julian Assange was kicked of twitter today cuz he dared to expose the Dem party and the Clinton crime family. Let’s make this very clear. I have never tweeted about Seth Rich. But I believe we can now say, without a shadow of a doubt, the DNC/Clinton’s had him murdered.
— Lawrence Polyakov (@Larrypolya22) December 25, 2017
Narrative: Non-State intelligence asset of Russia and current cupboard resident Julian Assange suspended from twitter for espionage related activities against freely elected European countries and for orchestrating cognitive vote tampering in the USA. https://t.co/kwN5osZudX
— OperationWolverines (@OpWolverines) December 25, 2017