Date
27 July 2017
'I used to work for the government. Now I work for the public,' Edward Snowden says in the profile on his new Twitter account. Photo: AFP
'I used to work for the government. Now I work for the public,' Edward Snowden says in the profile on his new Twitter account. Photo: AFP

Snowden on Twitter: Can you hear me now?

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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