NSA leaker Edward Snowden joins Twitter

Edward Snowden, the previous govt contractor who leaked thousands of categorised NSA files, has formally joined Twitter.

“Can you listen to me now?” Snowden tweeted at noon ET, 7 pm Moscow time.

Snowden’s Twitter profile bears the blue examine mark, indicating Twitter has verified that Snowden is the correct owner of the account.

Snowden agreeing to join Twitter was particularly noteworthy since of the warnings he has provided about how much the government can understand about folks from their private and on the web communications.

Snowden is following only one particular account – @NSAgov.

“I employed to operate for the authorities. Now I function for the general public,” Snowden’s profile reads.

His profession: Director at Freedom of the Push Basis, a non-earnings “focused to assisting help and defend public-interest journalism focused on exposing mismanagement, corruption, and legislation-breaking in government.”

Can you listen to me now?

— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) September 29, 2015

Snowden has lived in Russia, exactly where he has been granted asylum, given that leaking categorized NSA documents to reporters in 2013.

In a 2nd tweet, Snowden observed that water was uncovered on Mars and wondered if they verify passports at the border. “Inquiring for a friend,” he joked.

. @neiltyson Many thanks for the welcome. And now we&amp#39ve got h2o on Mars! Do you believe they examine passports at the border? Inquiring for a pal.

— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) September 29, 2015

Inside of forty five minutes of his first tweet, Snowden amassed more than 110,000 followers, and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey experienced written a personalized welcome: “Indeed!” Dorsey tweeted. “Welcome to Twitter.”

Sure! Welcome to Twitter. https://t.co/gUBQpET6Gg

— Jack (@jack) September 29, 2015

Snowden, a hero to some, a traitor to other folks, was employed by NSA contractor Booz Allen Hamilton in 2013. Soon thereafter he leaked hundreds of labeled NSA documents to the journalists Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Evan MacAskill, which have been printed in The Guardian and The Washington Put up.

Snowden fled to Hong Kong and then Moscow, where he stayed for 1 thirty day period prior to becoming granted asylum.

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