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    Julian Assange's Twitter Account Again Available Hours After Being Deleted

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    The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s account has been deleted from Twitter for unknown reasons.

    Julian Assange's Twitter account has been restored after being deleted on the social media site for hours, with two tweets being posted.

    Twitter account @JulianAssange could not be reached on the microblog platform earlier in the day, while it has not been clear if it had been suspended by the social networking service or the WikiLeaks founder, who resides in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, deleted it himself.

    Neither Assange and Wikileaks, nor Twitter have commented on the account's temporary deletion.

    However, an archive of the WikiLeaks founder’s microblog can be easily found on the Internet.

    Assange launched the WikiLeaks website in 2006. Since then, the platform has released millions of classified documents from all over the world on numerous espionage practices, war crimes, torture and many other human rights violations.

    In 2012, Assange applied to the Ecuadorian authorities for a political asylum for fear of being extradited to Sweden on sexual abuse allegations. On December 4, 2015, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) ruled that Assange's detention was arbitrary. The United Kingdom and Sweden refused to recognize the legitimacy of the decision or to end Assange's prosecution.

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