Julian Assange may not be home for Christmas but he did make it back to Twitter.
The WikiLeaks founder’s Twitter account mysteriously vanished from the social media platform, reportedly between 7 and 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Searches for 46-year-old Assange’s account repeatedly turned up error messages until he tweeted a cartoon of Santa appearing to use WikiLeaks to compose his naughty and nice list, CBS reported.
Neither Twitter nor Assange has commented on the matter, though the 46-year-old has already tweeted several times since his return to the network — mostly soliciting donations.
The mysterious disappearance — and re-appearance — of the account proved even more bizarre when the U.S. Navy on Christmas morning mistakenly tweeted out Assange’s full name, in quotes, and nothing else.
The tweet was later deleted and the Navy later apologized for the mistake.
This morning, an inadvertent keystroke by an authorized user of the U.S. Navy Office of Information’s Digital Media engagement team caused the trending term ‘Julian Assange’ to be tweeted from the Navy’s official Twitter account,” they wrote.
“The inadvertent tweet was briefly posted for a few seconds before it was quickly deleted by the same authorized user. The inadvertent tweet was sent during routine monitoring of trending topics.”
Assange retweeted the apology and paired it with the same Santa Cartoon he posted earlier in the morning.
The string of events sparked conspiracy theories, with many Twitter users suggesting it was an attempt to silence Assange ahead of a big information dump — though there is no evidence to suggest that is true
It was revealed earlier this year Trump Jr. corresponded with WikiLeaks amid the presidential campaign via direct messages on Twitter. The President’s eldest son released the string of messages after the Atlantic wrote about to conversation.
The official WikiLeaks Twitter account remained live throughout the ordeal and responded to the incident with a cryptic tweet of its own.
“Despite some oddities from the US Navy and Twitter today and increased physical surveillance, @JulianAssange’s physical situation at the embassy remains unaltered — confined without charge in violation of two UN rulings requiring the UK to set him free.”