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Edward Snowden Is Already A Huge Jerk On Twitter

From a brief stream of self-aggrandizing tweets, it’s clear he hasn’t stopped his self-righteous ways.


Today Edward Snowden joined Twitter, and already he’s an insufferable jerk. His bio makes it clear that he still holds a self-righteous, quasi-patriotic view of himself: “I used to work for the government. Now I work for the public. Director at @FreedomofPress.”

His inaugural tweet seems to be a lame attempt at a cell phone joke.

Despite it being arguably unfunny, it’s been retweeted over 47,000 times at the time this post was published. Snowden also gained over 383,000 followers and a verified checkmark on his account within two hours of joining the site. He also has yet to follow any of those 383,000 followers back, cementing in our minds the kind of Twitter user he will be. He has, however, followed the National Security Agency’s Twitter account, and even took a jab at them. He really, really wants us to know that the NSA thinks he’s a BFD.

Shortly after he was hired by the NSA in 2013, Snowden leaked classified documents about how the organization spies on American civilians to several journalists, including The Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald. He later fled to Russia to avoid being tried as a traitor, where he has remained since.

The man-child’s hero complex came out as he compared himself to those who fought for American independence in 1776 when responding to a question from astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson about what it feels like to be “labelled” a traitor.

The two exchanged a series of gross, sappy tweets.

We get it. You think you’re single-handedly safeguarding liberty. Maybe they will better appreciate that kind of thing on Mars.