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Edward Snowden Joins Twitter, Follows The NSA
« on: October 02, 2015, 04:59:35 AM »
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Edward Snowden Joins Twitter, Follows The NSA
   
September 29, 201512:48 PM ET

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has joined Twitter.
His first tweet:
 
 
But perhaps the most telling detail of the nascent account is that the only account he is currently following is that of the National Security Agency.

Remember, Snowden sought asylum in Russia after he leaked a trove of classified information to reporters. The U.S. government has charged him with espionage and theft and has called for him to come back home to face the consequences of his actions.

Shortly after his first Tweet, Snowden responded to astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who welcomed him to Twitter.

This conversation ensued:

It's worth noting that Snowden's account also includes photographs of newspapers with the front-page news that the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had found the bulk collection of Americans' phone data was illegal, going beyond what Congress intended when it wrote Section 215 of the Patriot Act.

Snowden's leaks helped shed light on the secretive surveillance programs undertaken by the NSA. It also sparked a congressional debate about the practices that ultimately led to the USA Freedom Act, which will end the bulk collection of Americans' phone data as it currently operates.
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Re: Edward Snowden Joins Twitter, Follows The NSA
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2015, 05:13:45 AM »
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http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/30/world/europe/now-following-the-nsa-on-twitter-snowden.html?_r=0
owden, Now on Twitter, Still Has His Eye on N.S.A.

SEPT. 29, 2015

Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, opened his Twitter account with a joke on Tuesday. “Can you hear me now?” he wrote, in a short message that electrified the social network and made reference to his revelations about the agency’s spying on phone calls.

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Edward Snowden
@Snowden
Can you hear me now?
11:00 AM - 29 Sep 2015
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Mr. Snowden’s first words on his verified account were borrowed from an old television commercial for Verizon, in which an actor playing a technician tested the range of the company’s wireless network.

https://youtu.be/OPwPo-IAQ-E

An old Verizon Wireless commercial that introduced the slogan, "Can you hear me now?" jwyoung5, via YouTubeWhen Mr. Snowden disclosed the scope of N.S.A. surveillance and the role of American communications companies by leaking a trove of classified documents in 2013, the first revelation was a secret court order compelling Verizon to give the N.S.A. information on all telephone calls in its systems, which was published by The Guardian.As word spread that Mr. Snowden’s account was genuine, and he racked up more than 160,000 followers in his first hour on the network, several users noted that he was following only one account: that of the N.S.A.
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A screenshot of Edward Snowden's new Twitter account.Among those welcoming Mr. Snowden was Glenn Greenwald, the former Guardian journalist who revealed Verizon’s role in the N.S.A.’s bulk domestic phone records program after meeting the former contractor in Hong Kong and obtaining the documents.[quote( author=(.*) link=(.*) date=[0-9]+)?]
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Glenn Greenwald
@ggreenwald
Welcome to Twitter, Edward @Snowden! https://twitter.com/the_intercept/status/648891838905118720 …
11:15 AM - 29 Sep 2015
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According to Dan Froomkin of The Intercept, Mr. Snowden was prodded to join Twitter by Neil deGrasse Tyson, the astrophysicist and television host, during an interview on his “Star Talk” radio show, “via robotic telepresence from Moscow,” where he has lived since winning temporary asylum in Russia in 2013.
 
Dr. Tyson was among the many users of the network to welcome the whistle-blower, and the first Mr. Snowden responded to, striking up a brief conversation.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson
@neiltyson
Feeling a Geek vibe. Edward @Snowden, the man behind the global mass surveillance revelations. Welcome to @twitter.
11:20 AM - 29 Sep 2015
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Edward Snowden
@Snowden
.@neiltyson Thanks for the welcome. And now we've got water on Mars! Do you think they check passports at the border? Asking for a friend.
11:38 AM - 29 Sep 2015
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Mr. Snowden’s short Twitter biography reads: “I used to work for the government. Now I work for the public.” It also mentions his role as a director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, a nonprofit organization “helping support and defend public interest journalism focused on exposing mismanagement, corruption and law-breaking in government,” which has as one of its founders Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War.

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