It didn’t take long after Edward Snowden joined Twitter for the NSA whistleblower to acquire his first Twitter troll: Republican presidential long-shot George Pataki.
Pataki, the former three-term governor of New York who has languished at the bottom of polls so far in this presidential campaign, went after Snowden in a series of tweets on Tuesday.
The New York Republican initially greeted Snowden’s arrival by Twitter by calling him “a traitor”. Pataki then went on to call on Twitter to delete Snowden’s account. Snowden, who still faces criminal charges in the US resulting from his revelations about government surveillance, did not acknowledge Pataki’s tweets. The whistleblower, who lives in Russia where Vladimir Putin’s government has granted him asylum, engaged in a dialogue with noted astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson instead.
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