Screenshot from Putin’s televised call-in session.
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At Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annual televised call-in session, Russia’s leader on Thursday received a query from a special guest, former US National Security Agency contractor turned government whistleblower, Edward Snowden.
Snowden, who is believed to currently reside in Russia, asked Putin about the current state of surveillance in Russia, to which the Russian leader gave a surprising and suspect “rule of law” response that does not seem to jibe with the Russian government’s approach to various domestic and foreign affairs.
Snowden commented, “Recently in the United States, two independent White House investigations as well as a federal court all concluded that these [dragnet surveillance] programs are ineffective in stopping terrorism. They also… unreasonably intrude into the lives of private citizens.”
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