Snowden Tweets

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Updated on Tuesday at 6:05 pm EST

As we noted in our news roundup, the former NSA contractor joined Twitter today. Snowden’s first tweet—at least his first one after he fled the U.S. with classified material to Russia via Hong Kong—was retweeted nearly 46,000 times at the time of this writing.

Snowden appears to be natural at Twitter, as this conversation with Neil deGrasse Tyson shows:

Snowden, I should also point out, follows one other Twitter account, @NSAGov.

Update: The former governor of New York isn’t a fan: