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.