Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor whose leaked documents opened a worldwide discussion about government surveillance, joined Twitter this morning. So far, he’s amassed more than 400,000 followers, but he follows only one account: @NSAGov.

Can you hear me now?
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) September 29, 2015

Twitter created a GIF showing how his account acquired followers around the world in just a few hours.

Today @Snowden joined Twitter, and here’s the world’s response. pic.twitter.com/d6HgVvdRsf
— Twitter (@twitter) September 29, 2015

The @Snowden account carries a blue check mark, indicating that his identity has been verified by Twitter. His only substantive conversation so far has been with Neil deGrasse Tyson, the astrophysicist and all-around science-communicator-guy, who recently interviewed Snowden on his show Star Talk Radio.
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