Edward Snowden joins Twitter

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

NEW YORK — Edward Snowden, the former government contractor who leaked thousands of classified NSA documents, has officially joined Twitter.

“Can you hear me now?” Snowden tweeted at noon ET, 7 p.m. Moscow time.

Snowden’s Twitter profile bears the blue check mark, meaning Twitter has verified that Snowden is the true owner of the account.

“I used to work for the government. Now I work for the public,” Snowden’s profile reads.

His occupation: Director at Freedom of the Press Foundation, a non-profit “dedicated to helping support and defend public-interest journalism focused on exposing mismanagement, corruption, and law-breaking in government.”

Snowden has lived in Russia, where he has been granted asylum, since leaking classified NSA documents to reporters in 2013.

Within 15 minutes of his first tweet, Snowden amassed more than 30,000 followers, and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey had written a personal welcome: “Yes!” Dorsey tweeted. “Welcome to Twitter.”

Trademark and Copyright 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.

Must-See Stories

More Must-See Stories


Follow FOX8 on Twitter