Beloved, or infamous, (depending on who you ask) whistleblower Edward Snowden joined Twitter today and the twitterverse is in a tizzy.
Snowden, who leaked classified information obtained in his position with the NSA shed light on global surveillance over-reach operations carried out by the U.S. government is currently living under asylum in Russia.
An hour ago he went from 50,000 followers to 100,000 in about five minutes and is over 200,000 now and climbing.
Among his early followers is Neil deGrasse Tyson, the world’s most recognizeable physiscist who starred in the reboot of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos last year on Fox.
He recently tweeted @Snowden saying:
Ed @Snowden, many call you Hero, others Traitor. Whatever else you are, you’re a Geek to me. What do you say to those labels?
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) September 29, 2015
Earlier Tyson tweeted:
To which Snowden replied:
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) September 29, 2015
Here are some other early tweets to the new Snowden account:
.@Snowden I know Americans are split between seeing you as a hero & villain but as an Arab American Muslim I want to tell you – thanks.
— Hend (@LibyaLiberty) September 29, 2015
Snowden’s ability to participate in the debate he started – rather than sitting incommunicado in a US cage for decades – has been crucial.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) September 29, 2015
— Jesse Ventura (@GovJVentura) September 29, 2015
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