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Snowden Joins Twitter, Follows NSA 206

wiredmikey writes: Edward Snowden joined Twitter Tuesday, picking up more than a quarter of a million followers on the social network in just over two hours. Snowden followed a single Twitter account: the U.S. National Security Agency, from which he stole electronic documents revealing the agency's secret surveillance programs. "Can you hear me now?" he asked in his first tweet, which was quickly resent by Twitter users tens of thousands of times. In his second, Snowden noted the recent news about the planet Mars and then quipped about the difficulty he had finding asylum after the U.S. government fingered him as the source of the NSA leaks. "And now we have water on Mars!" he wrote. "Do you think they check passports at the border? Asking for a friend."
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Snowden Joins Twitter, Follows NSA

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  • This will make it easier for his Russian monitors to keep an eye on him.
  • by NotDrWho ( 3543773 ) on Tuesday September 29, 2015 @03:22PM (#50621629)

    I would probably be sad if I knew that I would never again be able to return home or travel because I had exposed the illegal practices of my government.

    • Many very, very sad people can have senses of humor. I'm not saying Snowden is depressed or whatever, but ... I have read/heard about the apparent significant rates of depression when it comes to comedians. Funny != happy. I'm not depressed, either, but I know I can be quite funny even if I'm hurting. Partially, it's a way to hide the hurt/pain from others.

      (again, I have *no* idea about Snowden. Just commenting on the idea of being sad being mutually exclusive with being humorous. :) )

    • I would probably be sad if I knew that I would never again be able to return home or travel because I had exposed the illegal practices of my government.

      Obama won't be in office much longer. President Trump or President Sanders might well give him some kind of a deal or even an outright pardon.

      • If we get Trump or Sanders, it won't matter; America won't exist for much longer, although that's almost a given in almost every case. The path of escape is currently very, very narrow.
      • Obama won't be in office much longer. President Trump or President Sanders might well give him some kind of a deal or even an outright pardon.

        LOL Are you kidding? You are sadly misinformed or have a habit of assuming others share your opinion.

        http://www.washingtontimes.com... [washingtontimes.com]

    • by rwa2 ( 4391 ) *

      At first I didn't think https://twitter.com/snowden [twitter.com] could be the real Edward Snowden. That pose on his profile pic has got to be the douchey-est photo of him I've ever seen. And yet it comes up as a "Verified" Twitter account. How could they verify that?

      For now, I'm still calling it out as a DoD / CIA / NSA InfoOps character defamation account :P

  • What is he doing in Russia? If he's still there. Admittantly I haven't been following the story that closely. But how does he have a computer or food? Does he have a job? Is he working for the Russian government? If that's the case I'd have to say he's just traded one evil for another.
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Greyfox ( 87712 )
      He's basically just a pawn at this point. Putin keeps him around because it embarrasses the US Government. He'll probably find himself extradited in a heartbeat if Putin can get something valuable in trade. I'm also guessing he's not exactly a prisoner, but that he would find it to be very difficult to leave Russia if he wanted to. You know, pawn stuff.
      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by fnj ( 64210 )

        He's basically just a pawn at this point. Putin keeps him around because it embarrasses the US Government. He'll probably find himself extradited in a heartbeat if Putin can get something valuable in trade. I'm also guessing he's not exactly a prisoner, but that he would find it to be very difficult to leave Russia if he wanted to. You know, pawn stuff.

        Utterly unfounded crap. The actual reason he can't leave is that he would be intercepted extralegally by U.S. agents acting on behalf of an illegitimate rogu

        • by rastos1 ( 601318 )
          As if "U.S. agents acting on behalf of an illegitimate rogue government violating its own goddam Constitution" had no presence in Russia.
          • by fnj ( 64210 )

            As if "U.S. agents acting on behalf of an illegitimate rogue government violating its own goddam Constitution" had no presence in Russia.

            "Stop criticizing me! Billy did it too! Everybody does it!"

            Sorry, that doesn't bear on the point or relieve the evil from criticism. Look, I'm an American. When I look at my country, I see it being cynically destroyed from within by the etablishment. I see not a care whatsoever given to our own interests. In fact, top down, White House first and foremost, but most definite

      • by AK Marc ( 707885 )
        He tried to leave Russia. He planted a hint he was on a diplomatic plane, and the US illegally intercepted it. The US doesn't follow its own rules. The US is a lawless country, worse than all the ones that it complains about.
      • Putin isn't "keeping him around", he's still in Russia because it's not legal for him to leave the country because the US canceled his travel documents. Don't get me wrong, Putin loses absolutely no sleep that Snowden is in Russia, but to even imagine that Snowden is serving the Russian government when his entire plight is due to the fact that he exposed unconstitutional illegal programs by the US government is laughable. Snowden is more a patriot to this country than someone with your view could ever be.

    • What is he doing in Russia?

      Uh, well, he's living and working.

      But how does he have a computer or food?

      What are you confused about? You realize that people in Russia have access to computers and food, right? You understand that people who are sympathetic to Snowden have the ability to travel freely, right? On which point are you unclear?

      Does he have a job?

      Yes.

      Is he working for the Russian government?

      There's no indication that he is. He's working for a private company.

      Admittantly I haven't been following the story that closely.

      "Admittantly" is not a word, and it's obvious that you haven't followed anything. But you're "just asking questions", aren't you?

  • Snowden got a facebook account and liked the EFF!

    That's it... I'm off the planet...

  • I dont get it (Score:3, Insightful)

    by OverlordQ ( 264228 ) on Tuesday September 29, 2015 @03:37PM (#50621719) Journal

    He was just a low/mid-level analyst who leaked a bunch of shit. Why are people treating him like any sort of authority on anything?

    • Re:I dont get it (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Spy Handler ( 822350 ) on Tuesday September 29, 2015 @03:48PM (#50621791) Homepage Journal

      He was just a low/mid-level analyst who leaked a bunch of shit. Why are people treating him like any sort of authority on anything?

      That's actually what I thought too initially, without knowing much about the situation.

      But as I kept reading, I learned that he was by far the smartest programmer at NSA (at least in the branch that he was at), he was THE man according to his former NSA colleagues. He took off with everything, he got the keys to the whole kingdom using his knowledge and mad skillz. No other low/mid-level analyst (as you put it) could've pulled that off.

      • Indeed, many NSA managers kept giving him access to various systems because he could get stuff done ASAP. Eventually, he had access to "too much" information and started seeing a pattern. Live feeds from CIA drones all over the world, various spying programs with major US companies helping out, "pattern matching" for a "foreigner" at a 51% probability. "LOVE INT", with NSA employees using the agency's resources to spy on loved ones and potential dates. If he had been kept properly compartmentalized he pr
    • by fnj ( 64210 )

      He was just a low/mid-level analyst who leaked a bunch of shit. Why are people treating him like any sort of authority on anything?

      Well, he has accomplished a helluva lot more than YOU have, and more than any of the other tools working in that den of foul unamerican repression.

    • Re:I dont get it (Score:4, Insightful)

      by Krishnoid ( 984597 ) on Tuesday September 29, 2015 @04:05PM (#50621907) Journal

      The existing authorities lied to us, and he's pretty much in exile for releasing this information to an organization that would responsibly-ish bring it to light.

      The authorities still have much to lose if they reveal the truth, so if we want the truth we have to go to what he released. He's already shown that he'll stick his neck out and personally lose a lot to bring the truth to the public, ironically (?) making him an authority by acting in the opposite way of how existing authorities do.

    • He provided proof as to what the foil hat wearers were saying all along.

    • Why are people treating him like any sort of authority on anything?

      Because he actually tries to fix the problems of the world rather than signing a useless partition, which I'm willing to bet you didn't even put the effort into doing either, am I right?

  • While this is certainly a publicity stunt - it's definitely an entertaining one.
    • It is a publicity stunt, and a damn good one. @snowden has collected almost 500k followers in less than five hours. By the end of today, it is sure to exceed a million. Can you hear me now? You bet your sweet ass!

  • by LichtSpektren ( 4201985 ) on Tuesday September 29, 2015 @03:45PM (#50621773)
    We know the Russian government is evil, spies on its citizens. We know. Pointing it out continually does not diminish the Orwellian nightmare that the U.S. government has become, or diminish the heroism that was required for Snowden to ever accomplish what he did.

    I know you don't care because you're shills, I'm only letting you know that your ad hominem arguments are 100% ineffective and you should move on to something better. Thanks.
    • by LWATCDR ( 28044 ) on Tuesday September 29, 2015 @04:06PM (#50621909) Homepage Journal

      Can I point out that the NSA is only doing what the current administration tells them to do and that it is President Obama that has not pardoned him and is pushing for his arrest?

      • by AK Marc ( 707885 )
        Any action he takes now would impact the election. What will he do in the months between election and inauguration?
      • by bledri ( 1283728 )

        Can I point out that the NSA is only doing what the current administration tells them to do and that it is President Obama that has not pardoned him and is pushing for his arrest?

        Yes, the executive branch and congress are complicit in this. How does that make it any "better?" Also, this started a long time ago. In case some nitwit wants to turn this into an Obama sucks rant. He does suck in this regard. And so did Bush. And no doubt Clinton. And every blowhard that's a serious contender for president on both sides of the aisle. And the vast majority of congress.

        Honestly, I think you have it backwards. The president and congress do what the NSA tells them. Not in a crazy co

      • Can I point out that the NSA is only doing what the current administration tells them to do and that it is President Obama that has not pardoned him and is pushing for his arrest?

        You have it backwards. I can't be the only one that noticed President Obama did a near 180 from Candidate Obama, far more than the usual irrelevant campaign lies. Gitmo stayed (and is still) open for business, no one from the Bush admin were prosecuted for their CRIMES, and the number of cowardly extra-judicial remote control mu

  • How about the fact that the NSA is only "following" 109 accounts [twitter.com] on Twitter? I thought they followed everyone!
    • The NSA doesn't need to SUBSCRIBE to your twitter feed to read all your tweets! I don't understand why they bothered subscribing to those 109...
    • Did they follow him back? I mean, it's only common courtesy.
  • The NSA has been following him for a long time now...
  • Snowden reveals true intentions - to garner enough vitriol from the US government that they pay attention when he actively trolls them on twitter.

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