Snowden joins Twitter with jingle 'Can you hear me now?'

Prominent American whistle-blower Edward Snowden joins Twitter with 'Can you hear me now?' as his first tweet in his second year of exile in Russia

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Edward Snowden delivers remarks via video link from Moscow to attendees at a discussion regarding an International Treaty on the "Right to Privacy, Protection Against Improper Surveillance and Protection of Whistleblowers" in Manhattan, September 24, 2015

Updated Sep 30, 2015

Edward Snowden, former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor and whistle-blower, opened a Twitter account on Tuesday.

Snowden gained over 750,000 followers in his first day, though the only account he follows is NSA's official account.

“Can you hear me now?," the famous commercial jingle, was his first tweet.

He says “I used to work for the government. Now I work for the public" in his twitter bio and describes himself as a director at Freedom of Press, the foundation supporting “cutting-edge transparency journalism.”

Snowden’s lawyer, Ben Wizner told The Intercept that he will write and conduct his own account @Snowden, which is verified by Twitter Inc.

Snowden left the US in May 2013 and has been in exile in Russia since the June of same year. He is accused of espionage and theft of government property by the US authorities, who can sentence him to up to 30 years in prison if found guilty.

Leaks provided by Snowden exposed the NSA's massive surveillance program and triggered a controversy about the constitutionality of the spy agency's practice.

US Congress reformed the program earlier this year, transferring the authority to collect phone records of US citizens from NSA to private telecommunications companies and required NSA to provide warrants to acquire the records.

Snowden became a symbol for civil liberties in the US and a popular culture figure.

Citizenfour, a documentary depicting the process of Snowden starting to leak NSA information, and his subsequent run from US law enforcement, won the Oscar for best documentary in 2015.

TRTWorld and agencies