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NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden signs up for Twitter

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NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden recently talked with Neil deGrasse Tyson about the possibility of signing up for Twitter and joining the social internet, and he just made good on his word. Follow @Snowden and you'll get insights from the famed/notorious leaker himself, rather than through second-hand podcasts and presentations. He hasn't said much yet, but he's already teasing "secret projects" at the Freedom of the Press Foundation (which advocates for transparency journalism) and stressing that he sees himself as a "citizen with a voice," not a hero for the pro-privacy crowd.

Will you see any major revelations on Twitter? Probably not -- the NSA documentation that Snowden obtained in 2013 is already in the hands of journalists, and 140 characters doesn't leave a lot of room for big scoops. Still, it's a rare chance at seeing Snowden's thinking on a day-to-day basis, and a reminder that there's ultimately a human being responsible for all those leaks.

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