Edward Snowden asks the world - "Can you hear me now?"
On Tuesday morning, NSA secrets leaker Edward Snowden joined social network Twitter and his first tweet read just that.
Authenticated with a ‘blue tick' and confirmed by Twitter that the account is in fact managed by Edward Snowden meant that his follower count was growing by 3000 followers a minute.
Less than 30 minutes after sending his first tweet, Snowden had more than 90,000 followers and climbing.
Ironically however, he was only following one account — the NSA.
Russia granted asylum status to Snowden in 2013 when he originally leaked 1.7 million secret NSA files and was consequently charged with three breaches of the US's espionage act. Ben Wizner of the ACLU, Snowden's Lawyer confirmed that Snowden himself will be controlling the account.
Snowden's cover photo is also quite relevant, as it shows the front pages breaking the new of his NSA leaks through the Guardian newspaper.
He had to reach out to Twitter directly as the @Snowden handle was already in use. But the user hadn't been active on the site in over three years and was handed over to Snowden, according to The Intercept.
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey tweeted that Snowden directly reached out to Twitter to acquire the @Snowden handle, as it was already in use, but had not been in use for over 3 years which persuaded them to hand it over.