Edward Snowden joins Twitter: 'Can you hear me now?'
Edward Snowden has joined Twitter with the words, "Can you hear me now?"
The NSA whistleblower joined the social media network today and is listed as simply @snowden.
The fugitive former U.S. spy contractor has been living in Russia since they granted him asylum in 2013 after he leaked details of mass U.S. surveillance programs.
Snowden was recently asked by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson why he wasn't tweeting with the masses worldwide.
“That sounds good, I think we’ve got to make it it happen,” Snowden replied.
According to The Intercept, the @Snowden handle was originally taken by someone who hadn’t used it in three years.
Twitter was contacted, and agreed to assign it to Edward Snowden.
Snowden is only following one other account: @NSAGov.
And within half an hour of his first tweet, it was already tweeted over 13,000 times.
He later tweeted Neil deGrasse Tyson, saying: "Thanks for the welcome. And now we've got water on Mars! Do you think they check passports at the border? Asking for a friend."
Can you hear me now?— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) September 29, 2015
.@neiltyson Thanks for the welcome. And now we've got water on Mars! Do you think they check passports at the border? Asking for a friend.— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) September 29, 2015