Snowden joins Twitter to an avalanche of support

September 29, 2015

Edward Snowden, the former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of several U.S. government surveillance programs, amassed more than 400,000 followers in just three hours on Tuesday when he launched his new Twitter account.

“Can you hear me now?” Snowden tweeted in a message that got more than 70,000 retweets and 66,000 favorites.

Snowden himself follows just one account, his former employer, the U.S. National Security Agency.

The former U.S. government employee remains the talk-of-the-town in political circles. Earlier this month, Snowden criticized Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for believing that her personal server was secure enough to house high-level government information, according to an interview with Al Jazeera English, and called the idea “completely ridiculous.”

In his Twitter bio, Snowden wrote he “used to work for the government,”  but that he now “works for the public.”

He lists his current occupation as director of Freedom of Press, a non-profit journalism organization “focused on exposing mismanagement, corruption, and law-breaking in government.”

Snowden has lived in Russia on a temporary residence permit since fleeing U.S. charges of espionage in 2013.

American whistleblower Edward Snowden is seen through a camera viewfinder as he delivers remarks via video link from Moscow to attendees at a discussion regarding an International Treaty on the Right to Privacy, Protection Against Improper Surveillance and Protection of Whistleblowers in Manhattan, New York September 24, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

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” .. focused on exposing mismanagement, corruption, and law-breaking in government..” – wish he directs this focus on a specific department – depart of defense. That’s where the easiest ROI of these efforts would come from.

Consider for example, defense to have spent $500M to train a mere 5 fighters that later proved incompetent. Another area besides training is – supply-chain.

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