John Oliver hits Snowden hard on NSA leaks

Remember Edward Snowden? I remember, but for many Americans who talked to John Oliver on Last Week Tonight, the answer is no. It’s been almost two years since the world was captivated by Snowden’s leaks to The Guardian and The Washington Post about American surveillance programs. Although the Snowden leaks certainly proved lots of buzz, American surveillance practices remain largely the same two years later. Political satirist John Oliver‘s HBO show Tonight with John Oliver to take a comical stance on real-world politics.

John Oliver was in Russia interviewing “the most famous hero and/or traitor in recent American history.” Oliver hit on many points that have been lacking in past interviews with the former government contractor.  Oliver changed the topic of discussion from vague hypotheticals about civil liberties to something tangible. Look at the video. Enjoy this review: John Oliver sits down with Edward Snowden to discuss the NSA, the balance between privacy and security, and dick-pics.

 

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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Eric Holder says Edward Snowden performed a ‘public service’
    http://edition.cnn.com/2016/05/30/politics/axe-files-axelrod-eric-holder/index.html

    Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says Edward Snowden performed a “public service” by triggering a debate over surveillance techniques, but still must pay a penalty for illegally leaking a trove of classified intelligence documents.
    “We can certainly argue about the way in which Snowden did what he did, but I think that he actually performed a public service by raising the debate that we engaged in and by the changes that we made,”

    “Now I would say that doing what he did — and the way he did it — was inappropriate and illegal,” Holder added.

    Holder said Snowden jeopardized America’s security interests by leaking classified information while working as a contractor for the National Security Agency in 2013.

    “He harmed American interests,”

    Snowden, who has spent the last few years in exile in Russia, should return to the U.S. to deal with the consequences, Holder noted.

    “I think that he’s got to make a decision. He’s broken the law in my view.”

    “But,” Holder emphasized, “I think in deciding what an appropriate sentence should be, I think a judge could take into account the usefulness of having had that national debate.”

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