Edward Snowden is now @snowden

The exiled whistleblower signed up for Twitter today, using @snowden.

Twitter turned the three-years-dormant userid over to Snowden, who is operating his own account (which has only one entry to it, to date: "Can you hear me now?").

The signup was prompted by Snowden's interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson:

“You kind of need a Twitter handle. So like @Snowden, maybe? Is this something you might do?” Tyson asked.

“That sounds good, I think we’ve got to make it it happen,” Snowden replied.

“You and I will be Twitter buddies,” Snowden told Tyson. “Your followers will be: the Internet, me, and the NSA.”

Edward Snowden Is On Twitter: @Snowden [Dan Froomkin/The Intercept]

Update: He's following the NSA