The man who leaked confidential documents about governmental surveillance and had to flee the US to evade capture has finally joined Twitter.
The 32-year-old whistleblower's first tweet was short, simple and very apt, asking: "Can you hear me now?"
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.
Can you hear me now?— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) September 29, 2015
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."
.@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.— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) September 29, 2015
Ed @Snowden, If you visit Mars, I'd bet any life forms there will greet you with a sip of that water -- and a tourist visa.— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) September 29, 2015
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.
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.