US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has opened an account on the social media network website Twitter. His opening tweet was: “Can you hear me now?”
In his profile, Snowden says he “used to work for the government. Now I work for the public”. His quickly gathered thousands of followers.
Snowden, who is a fugitive and wanted in the US for leaking secrets, only follows one other Twitter user – the US National Security Agency (NSA).
His second tweet was a reply to US astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and Snowden joked: “Now we’ve got water on Mars! Do you think they check passports at the border? Asking for a friend.”
And in another tweet he said: “Hero, traitor – I’m just a citizen with a voice.”advertisement - story continues below
The @Snowden account was verified by Twitter and within two hours of joining he had accumulated more than 266,000 followers.
HT BBC News