Thursday, April 17, 2014

Snowden quizzes Putin about mass surveillance on Russian TV

Edward Snowden just got to quiz Russian president Vladimir Putin about whether Russia engages in mass surveillance...

Guess what? Major surprise. Putin said no they don't. They fight crime and terrorism not like the rich Americans by spying on everyone but by engaging in surveillance controlled by the rule of law.

Call me a skeptic but it's a little unlikely Mr Putin has not heard of SORM not to mention a variety of other unethical surveillance and intelligence practices.

It is disappointing Edward Snowden would get sucked into such a publicity stunt though I guess he would not have had a lot of choice in the matter.

Update: Edward Snowden has defended his decision to participate in the TV show with Putin. In fairness, he makes a good case.

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