A Twitter account reportedly belonging to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is not the real deal, says bosom buddy Glenn Greenwald.
On Monday, @OfficialSnowden went live and racked up about 600 followers after publishing its first couple of tweets:
I join Twitter today. Welcome and thanks! Ed
— Edward J. Snowden (@OfficialSnowden) November 4, 2013
This is my official Twitter page. I write tweets. The account is owned by my lawyer Anatoly Kucherena. — Edward J. Snowden (@OfficialSnowden) November 4, 2013
Though it looks pretty official, it’s actually a fake handle with unknown operators. Journalist Glenn Greenwald, who has worked in tandem with the real Edward Snowden for over a year, denied the account’s authenticity almost immediately.
Fake —–> @OfficialSnowden
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) November 4, 2013
Meanwhile, the real Snowden has reportedly secured employment while living under asylum in Russia. His lawyer said that he started a job Friday with a “major Russian website,” though further details were not disclosed for “security reasons.”