Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who has been living in asylum in Russia after blowing the lid on the U.S. spy agency’s controversial domestic surveillance program, has joined Twitter.
The 32-year-old fugitive published his first tweet from his verified Twitter account Tuesday afternoon.
“I used to work for the government,” his Twitter bio reads. “Now I work for the public.”
Snowden — who has appeared in online interviews conducted using video links since fleeing the United States in 2013 — was encouraged to join Twitter during a recent interview with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
“You kind of need a Twitter handle,” Tyson told Snowden during the interview, which was posted Friday. “So like @Snowden, maybe? Is this something you might do?”
“That sounds good; I think we’ve got to make it happen,” Snowden replied. “You and I will be Twitter buddies. Your followers will be the Internet,Read More »from Snowden joins Twitter, follows NSA