@JulianAssange is no more.
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. The Internet Archive – or someone availing themselves of its services – appears to have been preserving snapshots of Assange’s account once every hour since September 18 of this year. Based on that information, it’s likely the @JulianAssange account was deleted between 3 and 4pm AEDT yesterday.
The account does not appear to have been suspended by Twitter, and the most recent cached version of his account suggests he had not tweeted since Friday. Strangely, the official account of Wikileaks itself remains intact and has not commented on the disappearance of its founder from the platform.
We’ve reached out to Twitter (via email) and Wikileaks (via Twitter DM) for additional information and will update if we hear back. In the meantime, consider it an early Christmas present.