Written by Staff Writer
30 Sep, 2015 | 7:49 am
Fugitive US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden has opened an account on the social network website Twitter.
His opening tweet was: “Can you hear me now?”
In his profile, Mr Snowden says he “used to work for the government. Now I work for the public”. He quickly gathered thousands of followers.
So far, Mr Snowden, who is wanted in the US for leaking secrets, only follows one other Twitter user – the US National Security Agency (NSA).
He is believed to be living in Moscow where he is sheltering from US prosecutors.
In his second tweet – a reply to US astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson – Mr 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.”
The @Snowden account was verified by Twitter and within nine hours of joining, Mr Snowden had accumulated more than 710,000 followers.
In June, former Olympian and reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner became the fastest person on Twitter to reach one million followers – in just over four hours.
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