Navy sends inadvertent tweet about Julian Assange, and Assange replies

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It's a Christmas miracle of sorts.

To add to all of the confusion, the U.S. Navy soon after reportedly tweeted "Julian Assange" because, according to the service branch, it was a trending term on Twitter and an authorized user made "an inadvertent keystroke".

Even weirder, the amount of followers of the account abruptly and significantly dropped upon reappearing, according to TechCrunch.

Visitors to his Twitter account were greeted with "Sorry, that page doesn't exist!" message, and it stayed that way nearly overnight.

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Shortly after coming back online, Assange's Twitter has another solicitation post. Neither accounts have addressed the several hours of downtime. We've reached out to Twitter about the incident, but unsurprisingly have yet to hear back - Christmas morning and all.

It wasn't clear whether the account was suspended or deleted by Twitter or Assange himself - or why or for how long.

It's been a unusual Christmas for media outlets who have been following Assange's social media posts, as his official Twitter account suddenly went off the air late Sunday night, on December 24, according to The Daily Beast. And, of course, this is hardly the first time a high profile political account disappeared from the site without explanation this year.

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