Julian Assange’s Twitter account has returned after mysteriously vanishing early Christmas morning.
It wasn’t clear whether Twitter suspended the WikiLeak founder’s account or whether the serial leaker deleted it himself.
Twitter hasn’t commented on the outage.
A posting later Monday morning showed an image of Santa Claus sitting in front of a laptop opened to the WikiLeaks page while creating a list of “Good” and “Bad.”
It did not mention what happened to the account.
Earlier, a message on @JulianAssange said simply: “Sorry, that page doesn’t exist.”
In another flub concerning Assange’s Twitter feed, the US Navy apologized after “an inadvertent keystroke” tweeted out his name and then quickly deleted it.
The Navy explained that it happened when someone was tracking trending topics.
“This morning, an inadvertent keystroke by an authorized user of the U.S. Navy Office of Information’s Digitial Media Engagement Team caused the trending term “Julian Assange” to be tweeted from the Navy’s official Twitter account (@USNavy),” the message said.
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.
Before Monday, his last tweet was posted on Dec. 22 and contained the quote from Assange: “A knowledgeable public, is an empowered public, is a free public.”
An alternative account purporting to belong to Assange claimed Twitter deleted the account as he prepared to break a blockbuster story.
But there was no evidence Assange was behind that account and it has since been suspended by Twitter.
The official WikiLeaks Twitter account continued operating but made no mention what happened to Assange’s.
Assange sought asylum in the embassy in June 2012 to escape rape charges in Sweden, which he has denied.
He believes that if he leaves the embassy he will be nabbed by the US and prosecuted for publishing thousands of documents stolen by former military analyst Chelsea Manning.
WikiLeaks also published emails pilfered from the computers of the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 presidential election.