EXCLUSIVE: Edward Snowden Interview to Brian Williams

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Brian Williams traveled to Moscow for an exclusive #interview with #EdwardSnowden #NSA contractor Airs on May 28 at 10PM on @NBC.

From the New York Time: Edward Snowden Talks to Brian Williams of NBC

The NBC anchor Brian Williams has landed an extensive interview with Edward J. Snowden, the source of numerous revelations about the spying activities of the National Security Agency.

The interview will be broadcast in an NBC News special on Wednesday at 10 p.m. NBC is calling the interview the first that Mr. Snowden has participated in on American television; he previously has been interviewed on German television.

He also was interviewed by Vanity Fair magazine and has conducted some interviews over Skype, including one at South by Southwest last March.

Mr. Snowden now lives in Moscow, where he received temporary asylum after fleeing the United States under threat of arrest after the first of his revelations broke last May. While criticized by lawmakers and others for violating a promise of confidentiality and for potential acts of espionage, he has been defended by a coterie of journalists, including Glenn Greenwald, who will also appear briefly in the NBC special, the network announced on Thursday.

Mr. Williams left for Moscow Monday night after his newscast. He conducted the interview for more than four hours Wednesday afternoon at a hotel in Moscow. By midday Thursday, Mr. Williams was back in the United States and headed to Nashville, where he had a previous commitment to speak at a high school graduation.

NBC will most likely release the first portions of the interview during Mr. Williams’s newscast Tuesday evening.

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In May 2013, Glenn Greenwald set out for Hong Kong to meet an anonymous source who claimed to have astonishing evidence of pervasive government spying and insisted on communicating only through heavily encrypted channels. That source turned out to be the 29-year-old NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and his revelations about the agency’s widespread, systemic overreach proved to be some of the most explosive and consequential news in recent history, triggering a fierce debate over national security and information privacy. As the arguments rage on and the government considers various proposals for reform, it is clear that we have yet to see the full impact of Snowden’s disclosures.

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Now for the first time, Greenwald fits all the pieces together, recounting his high-intensity ten-day trip to Hong Kong, examining the broader implications of the surveillance detailed in his reporting for The Guardian, and revealing fresh information on the NSA’s unprecedented abuse of power with never-before-seen documents entrusted to him by Snowden himself.

Going beyond NSA specifics, Greenwald also takes on the establishment media, excoriating their habitual avoidance of adversarial reporting on the government and their failure to serve the interests of the people. Finally, he asks what it means both for individuals and for a nation’s political health when a government pries so invasively into the private lives of its citizens—and considers what safeguards and forms of oversight are necessary to protect democracy in the digital age. Coming at a landmark moment in American history, No Place to Hide is a fearless, incisive, and essential contribution to our understanding of the U.S. surveillance state.

 

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