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

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Assange has since responded to the tweet with a tweet of his own.

Julian Assange's Twitter account was the subject of speculation and conspiracy theories Christmas day.

The mysterious disappearance - and re-appearance - of the account proved even more freakish when the U.S. Navy on Christmas morning mistakenly tweeted out Assange's full name, in quotes, and nothing else.

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

It's also not even certain if Assange is aware his social media profile went down, at least for public view, as he made several posts on the platform in stride the next morning.

Assange, who's been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, uses the social media messaging service to communicate with the outside world.

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Gizmodo reported that Assange's Twitter account was likely deleted between midnight and 1am GMT.

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

Those with secrets want him alive, if he dies the real dirt is released.

Still, the internet being the internet, many speculated darkly about Assange's disappearance from one of his favorite online media. There was no confirmation that Assange was authoring that alternative account - and that account has now been suspended by Twitter.

The account does not bear a blue verification mark, something Assange had been asking the higher echelons of Twitter for since this March.

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