Snowden to Britain: Make David Cameron Step Down

Snowden, 'House of Cards' Twitter account both on PM's case after Panama Papers
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2016 11:41 AM CDT
Snowden to Britain: Make David Cameron Step Down
In this Feb. 14, 2015, file photo, Edward Snowden appears on a live video feed broadcast from Moscow at an event sponsored by ACLU of Hawaii in Honolulu.   (AP Photo/Marco Garcia, File)

"Now I work for the public" is part of Edward Snowden's Twitter bio, and he's trying to make good on that vow by motivating the good citizens of Britain to get British Prime Minister David Cameron to resign, the Independent reports. The NSA whistleblower's initiative comes in the wake of revelations that Cameron profited from shares in an offshore investment fund set up by his father, which was revealed in the so-called Panama Papers. "The next 24 hours could change #Britain," Snowden tweeted Thursday, followed by references to the resignation of Iceland's PM over the scandal, including one in which Snowden stated, "Up to the British public, not us. In #Iceland, 10% of all voters were in the streets within 24 hours, and for less." (Iceland's prime minister now says he hasn't stepped down permanently.)

Snowden—who also mentioned the #ResignCameron hashtag that's been trending and directed people toward a protest in front of Downing Street on Saturday, per the Mirror—had mocked Cameron earlier in the week for wanting privacy in the matter. Meanwhile, Snowden isn't the only one on Cameron's case: Netflix cut down the prime minister through its House of Cards Twitter account, posting a couple of what the Guardian calls "barbed tweets" referring to the PM. "The road to power is paved with hypocrisy and casualties," reads one tweet while linking to an article about Cameron's troubles, while a Cameron tweet from May 2015 gets a response of a GIF of Frank Underwood "looking characteristically shifty," the paper notes. (Some of the Panama Papers won't be released.)

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