Edward Snowden has ensured that he isn’t forgotten so easily. Last night the NSA whistleblower joined Twitter, using the handle @snowden, and quite cheekily his first (and only) follow is the NSA. Also Read - Twitter vs Koo: Nigeria government joins India's Koo app after Twitter’s ban in the country
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— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) September 29, 2015 Also Read - Twitter ban: India's alternative Koo now available in Nigeria
Snowden’s bio reads, ‘I used to work for the government. Now I work for the public’, and his first tweet was, “Can you hear me now?” At the time of filing this story, the tweet has received nearly 90,000 retweets and just over 80,000 favorites.
Snowden’s account was verified as soon as it went live, and in just over 14 hours he has garnered nearly 850,000 followers. Twitter also put up an interesting GIF showing how Snowden garnered his followers from across the globe.
— Twitter (@twitter) September 29, 2015
Snowden is famous (or infamous) for turning over a bunch of secret government documents to reporters over two years ago. These documents uncovered the National Security Agency (NSA) spying on the American citizens. Since these documents were brought to light, Snowden escaped and currently lives in Moscow after being granted asylum by the Russian government. The US government has charged Snowden under the Espionage Act.
Unsurprisingly, not everyone’s pleased with Snowden joining Twitter, and former New York Governor George Pataki, who is running for President of the US as a Republican, is one of them. He says that Twitter is an American company and shouldn’t give a platform for terrorists or traitors.
— George E. Pataki (@GovernorPataki) September 29, 2015