Edward Snowden has come in from the cold — on Twitter.
Snowden, a former US National Security Agency contractor who leaked details about the US government’s massive surveillance programs, started a Twitter account Tuesday from exile in Russia with a simple handle — @snowden.
He attracted more than 171,000 followers in about an hour and had 548,000 about four-and-a-half hours later.
But Snowden was following only one other Twitter account: his former employer’s, Reuters reported.
Snowden’s initial tweet was: “Can you hear me now?”
The message, a take-off on a television commercial for a mobile phone service, was retweeted 25,000 times within an hour.
In his Twitter profile, Snowden described himself by saying: “I used to work for the government. Now I work for the public.”
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