Edward Snowden Is On Twitter! Quick, Grab Your Popcorn!

Edward Snowden Is On Twitter! Quick, Grab Your Popcorn!
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The former National Security Agency contractor who leaked details of NSA spying is on Twitter. He joined the Twittersphere on Tuesday (ET) and just within five hours he already has more than 700 followers. But the most interesting part was when New York Gov. George Pataki called on Twitter co-founder and CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, to shut down and block Snowden.


“Twitter is a great American company that should not give a platform to terrorists or traitors – @Jack shutdown @Snowden today,” Pataki’s tweet reads.

Pataki’s tweet was seen by Glenn Greenwald, one of the many journalists who received the documents leaked by Snowden at the time of the whole controversy. Greenwald replied to Pataki’s tweet saying, “Hi, im running for President. My support in all polls is an asterisk. And I’m here to say who should and shouldn’t be allowed on Twitter.”

Wondering what was Dorsey’s response? The CEO tweeted, “Yes! Welcome To Twitter” Snowden.

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Snowden’s first tweet was “can you hear me now?” His profile said that he used to work for the government but now is working for the public by being the director at Freedom of Press.

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson was one of the many people who welcome the NSA whistleblower on Twitter. “Feeling a Geek vibe. Edward Snowden, the man behind the global mass surveillance revelations. Welcome to Twitter!” Tyson tweeted.

Snowden displayed his sense of humor with his reply: “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;” to which Tyson replied, “If you visit Mars, I’d bet any life forms there will greet you with a sip of that water — and a tourist visa. And, Ed glad to see the long exile hasn’t affected your sense of humor. Staying busy?” As a follow-up question, Tyson asked Snowden how he feels about some saying he is a traitor while some say he is a hero.

“Hero, traitor — I’m just a citizen with a voice,” Snowden tweeted.

Meanwhile, Twitter made an interesting graphical representation on how fast people from all over the world are now following Snowden.