Neil deGrasse Tyson welcomes Edward Snowden to Twitter: "Feeling a geek vibe"

His first follow? The NSA

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published September 29, 2015 4:59PM (EDT)


Two years since leaking classified information about the NSA’s global surveillance programs, Edward Snowden joined Twitter -- and promptly followed the NSA.

So far, the federal intelligence agency is Snowden's only follow. His bio reads: “I used to work for the government. Now I work for the public. Director at @FreedomofPress."

Snowden's first tweet has already racked up nearly 20,000 retweets in under an hour:

And after receiving a warm online welcome from Neil deGrasse Tyson, Snowden joked about making his escape to Mars:

Snowden's Twitter account has 130,000 followers at last check.

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By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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