Edward Snowden, the former CIA employee and government contractor who most of the country seems to think is the founder of Wikileaks or did something else maybe involving computers, has, as of today, joined Twitter. And what did the man responsible for informing the country that Big Brother is ALWAYS watching do for his first Twitter move? He started following the NSA, and only the NSA. Cause sure, Big Brother is watching, but Snowden wants them to know he’s watching too.
For his first tweet, Snowden— whose Twitter bio says he “used to work for the government. Now I work for the public” — channeled that horribly overplayed Verizon catchphrase, “Can you hear me now?” Now, either living abroad has caused Snowden to be a few years behind in his pop culture references, or he’s taking a dig at the NSA’s directive for Verizon to hand over phone records. Probably both, right?
Can you hear me now?— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) September 29, 2015
The answer to that question, of course, was a resounding yes.
Among those who welcomed Snowden to Twitter was fellow nerd Neil deGrasse Tyson.
.@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
Snowden seems perfectly fitted for Twitter. He’s a little bit troll, a little bit celebrity, and a big fan of cat pictures.
And he’s got a pretty decent sense of humor, to boot.
Meanwhile, a thousand people at Fort Meade just opened Twitter.— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) September 29, 2015