Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor whose leaked documents opened a worldwide discussion about government surveillance, joined Twitter this morning. So far, he’s amassed more than 400,000 followers, but he follows only one account: @NSAGov.
Can you hear me now?
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) September 29, 2015
Twitter created a GIF showing how his account acquired followers around the world in just a few hours.
— Twitter (@twitter) September 29, 2015
The @Snowden account carries a blue check mark, indicating that his identity has been verified by Twitter. His only substantive conversation so far has been with Neil deGrasse Tyson, the astrophysicist and all-around science-communicator-guy, who recently interviewed Snowden on his show Star Talk Radio.