“Can you hear me now?” he wrote as his very first tweet from the verified account.
Snowden had already gained 75,300 followers 30 minutes after launching the profile, but was only following one account: @NSAGov. “I used to work for the government. Now I work for the public,” the former government contractor’s profile reads.
Snowden said in a recent interview with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson that he planned on joining Twitter.
“You kind of need a Twitter handle. So like @Snowden, maybe? Is this something you might do?” Tyson asked.
“That sounds good, I think we’ve got to make it happen,” Snowden said.
“You and I will be Twitter buddies,” Snowden added. “Your followers will be: the Internet, me and the NSA.
“.@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,” he wrote in a second tweet on Tuesday morning.
Snowden was the subject of Laura Poitras’ Oscar-winning documentary “Citizenfour”.
“Thank you Edward Snowden and to the other whistleblowers who are exposing truth,” Poitras said in her acceptance speech earlier this year.
Poitras was one of the journalists in Snowden’s inner circle as he unveiled documents exposing the U.S. government’s vast surveillance programs.
Oliver Stone’s movie about the infamous whistleblower, “Snowden,” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, was recently pushed back to 2016.
Snowden was charged in June of 2013 with two counts of violating the Espionage Act, and theft of government property. His passport was revoked a week later by the U.S. Department of State. He was granted temporary asylum by Russia, where he currently lives, last year.