Edward Snowden feels Casey Anthony's pain. And Gerry Sandusky's too.
Well, not that Casey Anthony, but the 43-year-old Casey Anthony who lives in Pennsylvania (and is a man) and used to have a totally normal name. And that's Gerry (with a "G") Sandusky, the Baltimore Ravens play-by-play man who made quite a name for himself before the Penn State Jerry Sandusky scandal snatched it away from him.
Now we have the other Edward Snowden, who is not the wanted intelligence worker responsible for leaking information related to the United States' secret domestic surveillance programs, but who's on the receiving end of a fire hose of unwanted worldwide attention via his Twitter account.
This Edward Snowden is a British real estate agent, rower and horse racing fan, according to his Twitter profile. Today, though, he's pretty much lost control of his online reputation through no fault of his own, much like Mr. Casey Anthony and Gerry (with a "G") Sandusky before him.
Snowden first got word Sunday when a user tweeted, "This is probably an interesting username to have now @edwardsnowden (not the whistleblower)." Snowden replied, "no idea what anyone is going on about! Sounds interesting though."
Since then, it's been a very busy Twitter life for @EdwardSnowden, which he's handled with a commendable sense of humor. Then again, he's not the Edward Snowden potentially facing the next several years behind bars.
"The debate is whether to work today or respond to all the tweets! I know nothing about NSA or whistle blowing so will stick to selling homes." -- @EdwardSnowden
To a tweet announcing, "ATTN: @EdwardSnowden is not who you think he is," the British real estate agent responded, "ha thank you: think people will quickly realise that as I tweet about horse racing and football/soccer!!"
On Monday he asked, "What's the chances of me getting a green card at the moment?"
And when a friend posted "Poor bloke. Glad to see your sense of humor is intact ;-) @EdwardSnowden," he broke out an emoticon in explaining "no need for it not to be - people good fun and good banter in the main. :) "
See? He's handling this thing like a total champ. We thoroughly agree with Snowden's own Twitter bio: He is a "bon oeuf"!