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James Comey starts tweeting under real name

The former FBI director goes public on Twitter as he begins to promote his new book.

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James Comey is officially @Comey on Twitter. 

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James Comey has ditched his Twitter pseudonym for something more straightforward: @Comey.

The former head of the FBI went public on the social media platform on Monday, with, what else, a tweet.

"Here's my new handle," Comey wrote. "Glad to be part of the Twitterverse. Grateful to Reinhold for the cover these last few years."

The "Reinhold" he's talking about is Reinhold Niebuhr, a protestant theologian who Comey wrote about as the subject of his college thesis. Niebuhr was one of Comey's previous social media monikers.

Guessing Comey's identity online has become a parlor game of sorts. Earlier this year, then-Gizmodo writer Ashley Feinberg figured out the Niebuhr account actually belonged to Comey. After that, it was suspected that the handle @Formerbu was also controlled by Comey. That was confirmed last month after the account tweeted a photo of the former FBI director on a country road in Iowa.

Comey's timing is notable. He's promoting a new book, called "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership" due out in the spring.