Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, who leaked information about the massive surveillance programs of the United States government, has been in exile in Russia for quite some time now.
Snowden on Tuesday woke up from the slumber and has become active once again by joining Twitter. He has opened a Twitter account with simple handle @snowden. He was able to attract 450,000 followers in just three hours after opening his Twitter account. Even though he was followed by so many people, he was just following one other twitter account.
The account he was following on twitter was that of his former employer, the NSA. This is where he had stolen electronic documents that showed the NSA’s secret surveillance programs.
The initial tweet of Edward Snowden was “can you hear me now?” This message was taken off on a cell phone service provider’s television commercial. This initial tweet of his was re-tweeted tens of thousands of times by his followers.
Snowden has described himself as one who used to work for the government and now is working for the public on this twitter profile.
Snowden has exchanged a few tweets with astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson. He had tweeted about the discovery of water on Mars. He also joked that he is kept busy by his work for the Freedom of Press Foundation.
The Intercept verified that the Snowden Twitter handle was authentic. His lawyer, Ben Wisener, told the online newspaper that Snowden will write and manage his Twitter account himself from now.
Snowden has been charged by the United States Government with the theft of the government’s property and espionage. He could be sent to prison for thirty years, if he is found guilty. Snowden left the U.S on May 2013 and has been living in exile in Russia since June 2013.
Recently a report had come out in the media that the popular social media platform, Twitter will be doing away with the 140 character limit on Tweets. Twitter is said to be developing a product that will allow its users to share the tweets that are more than 140 characters long. If this becomes available, then this will mark a big change in twitters trade mark features. There is nothing clear that has come out about the new product and what it would look like.
If this new feature rolls out soon, Snowden can make use of it to share more information with his followers.