HBO talk show host John Oliver on Sunday landed his biggest interview yet since leaving The Daily Show: famed National Security Agency document leaker Edward Snowden.
The interview, which followed a lengthy Last Week Tonight monologue about American Internet surveillance, took place in Snowden’s current home of Moscow. It began with a comedic, tone-setting declaration: “Holy shit, he actually came! Edward fucking Snowden!” After jokes about whether Snowden missed American icons like truck nuts and Florida, however, Oliver got to work asking about Snowden’s motives and the dichotomy between domestic and foreign surveillance.
“How many of those documents have you actually read?” Oliver eventually asked. When Snowden said he’d “evaluated” them, Oliver pressed: “There’s a difference between understanding what’s in the documents and reading what’s in the documents. When you’re handing over thousands of NSA documents, the last thing you want to do is read them.”
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