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Edward Snowden Opens Up in New Interview

Edward Snowden: 'I Was Trained As A Spy'

You've heard him called a hero, and a traitor ... but according to the man himself, he's a trained spy. (Via Flickr / ChrisGoldNY)

EDWARD SNOWDEN: "I was trained as a spy in sort of the traditional sense of the word, in that I lived and worked undercover overseas - pretending to work in a job that I'm not." (Via NBC)

Edward Snowden: 'I Was Trained As A Spy'

In that excerpt from NBC's exclusive interview, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden shot back at the claim that he was just a low-level hacker, a term he says his critics have used to discredit him.

CBS reports PRESIDENT OBAMA: "I'm not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker."

The Guardian points out he went on to say he worked undercover overseas and was a "technical expert" for the CIA and NSA.

ITN reports Last summer, Snowden was charged with espionage for leaking secret NSA documents that detailed U.S. mass surveillance programs. He's now living under temporary asylum in Russia.

The interview, which Brian Williams conducted in a Moscow hotel room, is Snowden's first with a U.S. network. (Via NBC)

And according to The New York Times, NBC spent months planning the interview, keeping it shrouded in secrecy. "The back story of the interview contained its own quotient of cloak-and-dagger activity, including unannounced plane travel, lost luggage, hotel bookings under assumed names and two days sequestered in a room with a view of Red Square."

Williams also interviewed former Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald as part of the special. The full one-hour interview airs Wednesday night.

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judypiano May 28 2014 at 8:23 AM

The only reason I like this guy is that I do not like what is happening to our government so bad, I will respect anything that adds some clarity to the cloud that hangs over our state capitol, WASHINGTON DC.

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perflubepro May 28 2014 at 8:37 AM

Snowden is far from being a "traitor". That's just the puppet MSM parroting another lie from the Obama and the rest of the political hackbags.

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jabbahugg May 28 2014 at 8:33 AM

when the govt gets caught with thier hand in the cookie jar they lie lie lie

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northinsus May 28 2014 at 8:37 AM

If everything Mr Snowden says is true: then he would have had ways of reporting
it ( IG;whistleblower statutes etc) that did not involve Treason. His actions placed
many people at risk. No matter how noble his motives might be; his method is Treasonous.
There was a better way.
Love and Respect- it Works.

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brwnysbrb May 28 2014 at 8:29 AM

In my eyes Snowden is a hero! He had the guts to tell the world that Obama is tyrant against his own people and that he has committed treason against our country. Also that Obama and probably many other Presidents before him did many illegal things against other country's. My only wish is that others would stand up against Obama and his cronies. Our USA Government has become tyrant against it's own country.

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captsharky1 May 28 2014 at 8:27 AM

Governments are built by misleading the masses. ALL GOVERNMENTS!

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rocky26900 May 28 2014 at 8:38 AM

If Obummer and half of Congress is not in "Full-Scale Cover-Up / Damage Control Mode" already, they will be by 11:01 pm tonight after NBC airs the full interview it conducted with Snowden last week. That much is obvious based on the little that has been shown of the interview already. Many of the dirty little secrets that our government has been keeping in a tightly sealed sack somewhere are about to come crawling out of the bag - and it will be interesting to find out what all those dirty little secrets are. Snowden might not be a saint - but he sure as hell isn't a traitor either.

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martha rohl May 28 2014 at 8:37 AM

A true hero!

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pboucard50 May 28 2014 at 8:24 AM

The key player in the NSA scandal says the government is 'misleading' the public. Well, DUHH !!

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patkelly5959 pboucard50 May 28 2014 at 8:34 AM

its a bit MORE than that, dude..a lot more...Obama is diabolically EVIL!!!

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cynby May 28 2014 at 8:25 AM

Putin's Biatch is more apropos

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