30 Sep '15, 4am

Former US spy agency contractor Snowden draws crowd with Twitter debut - Channel News Asia

Former US spy agency contractor Snowden draws crowd with Twitter debut - Channel News Asia

WASHINGTON: Edward Snowden has come in from the cold: on Twitter. Snowden, the fugitive former National Security Agency contractor who leaked details about the U.S. government's massive surveillance programs, started a Twitter account on Tuesday from exile in Russia with a simple handle - @snowden. He attracted more than 171,000 followers in about an hour and had 740,000 by Tuesday evening. But Snowden himself was following only one other Twitter account - his former employer's. "Meanwhile, a thousand people at Fort Meade just opened Twitter," Snowden said in a tweet, referring to the U.S. Army base in Maryland that is the home of the NSA. Snowden's initial tweet was "Can you hear me now?" The message, a take-off on a cellphone provider television commercial, was retweeted 25,000 times within an hour. In his Twitter profile, Snowden described himself by saying: "I used to ...

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