Edward Snowden is now a verified Twitter user

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Former NSA contractor cum whistle-blower Edward Snowden is now officially on Twitter. Since blowing the lid on the surveillance activities of the NSA and sparking on-going global debate about privacy, Snowden has been a vocal campaigner for freedom of speech, privacy, and surveillance awareness.

Within hours of joining, Snowden -- who managed to bag the @snowden handle -- had amassed over half a million followers, and the flow shows no signs of abating. After a few hours, Snowden has posted just 7 tweets; but more interestingly he is only following one account.

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That account is, of course, the National Security Agency/Central Security Service, but there is yet to be any communication between the two. On Twitter, Snowden describes himself by saying: "I used to work for the government. Now I work for the public. Director at @FreedomofPress." His first tweet was favorited and retweeted tens of thousands of times:

There have been a few exchanges with Neil deGrasse Tyson, including one in which the astrophysicist asked what Snowden thought of the various labels that have been assigned to him:

Snowden hasn’t made it clear in what capacity he intends to use Twitter, but it will certainly be an account to keep an eye on.

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