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Edward Snowden Joins Twitter: 'Can You Hear Me Now?

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"I used to work for the government. Now I work for the public."

A Sunday, June 9, 2013, file photo provided by The Guardian newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the U.S. National Security Agency, in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/The Guardian, File)

A verified Edward Snowden joined Twitter as @Snowden Tuesday with his first micromessage reading "Can you hear me now?"

The former government contractor known for leaking top secret information about the National Security Agency's spy activities described himself on Twitter as the director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, which was started in 2012.

"I used to work for the government. Now I work for the public," his profile reads.

Within minutes of posting his first tweet, Snowden had already amassed many thousands of followers. The one organization he himself is following is, as you might have guessed, @NSA/CSS.

Snowden joining Twitter comes just a few days after he spoke with Fusion and actually talked about why he wasn't "blogging or tweeting."

"One of the big challenges in the situation I’m in is that I have all these opsec routines that I follow," Snowden told Fusion. "All the web publishing platforms have massive amounts of analytics embedded in them. Facebook, for example, databases how long you’re on each page, what posts you click on, what pictures you’ve seen, and they store this permanently."

As someone tweeted Snowden shortly after he joined, we ask "why now?"

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