By far one of the most influential human beings on the planet during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Julian Assange has had a rough go of things as of late.
The whistleblower-turned-fugitive has been hiding out in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for years after an attempted extradition to Sweden on bizarre, (and likely false), allegations of sexual misconduct aimed at harpooning his work surfaced. During this time in London, Assange has continued to push the envelope in terms of government transparency, involving himself heavily in the campaign to shed light on the corruption inherent within the U.S. government and, in particular, the Clinton Crime Family.
Now, on the eve of a major revelation set to take place via his website Wikileaks, Assange’s Twitter account was suddenly and strangely inaccessible for a prolonged period of time.
“The official Wikileaks Twitter account was still live but wasn’t mentioning the Assange account.
An account purporting to be an alternative Assange account was claiming Twitter had deleted his official one ahead of a blockbuster story he’s preparing to break. There was no confirmation that Assange was authoring that alternative account — and that account has now been suspended by Twitter.”
Just a few hours later, Assange was back up and tweeting:
“Supporters were shocked (speculating about Twitter trying to suppress Assange) while critics reacted in a more snarky, celebratory way, but as of now it’s unclear what exactly happened.
“Assange’s account is back up now, though his follower count seems to have dropped considerably…”
The brief hiatus of tweets coming from the Assange account had many spectating as to the fate of the embattled rockstar of the information world.
Assange’ ability to transcend global political allegiances through his dissemination of unfettered truth has many within the world’s power echelon terrified for their careers, and possibly their lives. If Assange truly were sitting on some global bombshell, there is no doubt that he might find himself the target of powerful men the world over.