29/09/2015 14:04 BST | Updated 30/09/2015 05:59 BST

Edward Snowden Joins Twitter, Asks: 'Can You Hear Me Now?'

The man who leaked confidential documents about governmental surveillance and had to flee the US to evade capture has finally joined Twitter.

Edward Snowden has not only joined the social networking site, but has managed to secure the handle @Snowden.

The 32-year-old whistleblower's first tweet was short, simple and very apt, asking: "Can you hear me now?"

Edward Snowden joins Twitter

Snowden fled the US after leaking tens of thousands of documents about surveillance programmes run by the National Security Agency and its foreign counterparts, including Britain's Government Communications Headquarters.

Ironically, the only account that Snowden is following is his former employer, NSA.

Snowden now lives in Russia after handing over top-secret documents to reporters more than two years ago.

Snowden followed this up shortly with a tweet to astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson thanking him for the welcome and asking: "Now we've got water on Mars, do you think they check passports at the borden? Asking for a friend."

Tyson replied:

The Intercept reports that @Snowden handle had been taken from someone who has not used it in three years.

Twitter was reportedly contacted and agreed to give the handle to Snowden himself.

Snowden is only following NSA

People have already been quick to welcome the asylum seeker, with Glenn Greenwald, who worked with Snowden to help him blow the lid on American and British surveillance of their own citizens, leading the charge.