Edward Snowden joins Twitter. Guess who is the only account he’s following?

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Snowden NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has joined Twitter.

You can follow him at @Snowden, where he describes himself like this:

I used to work for the government. Now I work for the public. Director at @FreedomofPress.

But don’t be too upset if he doesn’t follow you back. The 32-year-old who leaked confidential details of how governments and intelligence agencies around the world are spying on companies and members of the public, seems to be a bit choosy.

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In fact, at the time of writing, he is only following one Twitter account.

Can you guess who?

Snowden on Twitter

It’s @NSAGov, the official account for the National Security Agency.

Edward Snowden has only had a Twitter presence for a few hours, but already has close to 750,000 followers. The NSA, meanwhile, is proving to be somewhat less popular – with just over 95,000 followers.

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

7 comments on “Edward Snowden joins Twitter. Guess who is the only account he’s following?”

  1. Murray Parkinson

    He is a no hero of any sort, he cost a lot of people lives and he's a hypocrite and should be serving a 35 year sentence, with the option of parole after 15 years if he gives up anyone else and provides any helpful information. If he actively works for the US government on for a minor prison type wage, then he should be allowed to get probation after 7 years. That being on very strict conditions, one NO passport or leaving the country till 25 years has elapsed, NO book deals or any written or verbal communications on his crimes, the US government or any other agency, unless it's against a power, country or Terrorist organisation AND it has approval of the US government.

    Its funny how he fled to country that would not only have executed him, but would have tracked him down in a foreign country and executed him. To those left wingers and conspiracy theorist, don't bother replying, you have all ad your say in the media, the silent majority haven't and in anycase, I'll ignore you as you do anyone who doesn't tow your political line or leanings.

    1. David L · in reply to Murray Parkinson

      Just who's lives were snuffed out? How about some evidence,or links to stories to back up your premise! And who are you to judge anyways? Snowden may have broke the law,but sometimes,in the name of truth,that needs to happen. The government was acting in a lawless fashion themselves. So who committed the lesser crimes? Don't be so sanctimonious, because I'm sure you have not been a model citizen yourself. How do I know this? Because there are so many laws and regulations,that the average citizen breaks at least three a day on average (-: so,have a nice day!

    2. JohnOH · in reply to Murray Parkinson

      Cost a lot of lives? What about the lives lost due to improperly dealing with targets and the CIA identifying the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Its all turned out to be an enormous lie.. And the USA and allies are in the middle of the lie due to the USA's behavior…..I wish it wasnt so but it appears to be the truth….

    3. Paul O · in reply to Murray Parkinson

      Listen to my rant, but "don't bother replying, you have all ad your say in the media, the silent majority haven't and in anycase, I'll ignore you as you do anyone who doesn't tow your political line or leanings"

      You have to question the intelligence of people who post stuff like this, yet don't appear to to want to have their assertions challenged. In fact, isn't there a word to describe people like this?….

  2. coyote

    I'm not responding to this Murray – it is (the ambiguity of 'it' is deliberate) a lost case. Instead, I'm responding to the three that responded to the immature, very irrelevant rant.

    It (same thing as above) is not worth it. This is like trying to talk with a spoilt teenage brat who lost his way one time and now can't contain himself (temper tantrum). Maybe it is a teenage troll (ambiguity is also deliberate) instead? I don't know which of the two but I don't think it matters. They have no intention of returning which says it all: those who make claims that something is so – but refuse to listen to anything else – are too simple to care about much of anything at all, including their behaviour.

    Paul, what you quote is an amusing quote (of its) and it also shows exactly what he is: either a politician or one who sympathises with politicians. That's why he brought up 'political leaning' and 'political line'. After all, what does politics have to do with Snowden joining Twitter? Nothing unless it is made into it by someone. That's why, you three, it is a lost case. Anyone that inserts political leaning (and accusations of) – especially in a non-political topic – has serious problems, is beyond help and is oblivious to much truth.

  3. grammarpolice

    BTW, the phrase is "toe the line," not "tow…"

    1. coyote · in reply to grammarpolice

      And… the relevance to this statement is? I don't see anything of the sort here. Or am I really that blind? For that matter, is firefox search failing?

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