Watch: John Oliver Interviews Edward Snowden in Russia on ‘Last Week Tonight’

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Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver recently traveled to Moscow to interview Edward Snowden, “the most famous hero and/or traitor in recent American history” who leaked classified NSA documents to the press and was subsequently charged with violating the Espionage Act in 2013, prompting him to seek asylum in Russia.

Oliver opened his main segment on government surveillance by acknowledging that “most people would rather have a conversation about literally any other topic,” but noted the importance of the discussion given the impending reauthorization or curtailment of the Patriot Act, scheduled to take place on June 1. The host then noted just how many Americans seem unconcerned by the issue of government surveillance — illustrating that point by interviewing random tourists in Times Square to see if they knew who Snowden is and what he did. (Spoiler alert: Most didn’t.)

Then Oliver revealed his coup to a delighted audience — a secretive one-on-one interview with Snowden in Russia, which seemed as if it might not come to pass after Snowden was late to their meeting. Thankfully, Snowden finally arrived and the duo shared a frank, funny and wide-ranging discussion about everything from NSA programs to the leak of phallic photos.

You can watch Oliver’s entire segment on surveillance below — the interview itself begins around the 16 minute mark.

“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” airs Sundays at 11 p.m. on HBO.

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  1. NSA GCHQ says:

    “When they’re off the leash they can end up coming after us”

    How very true.. I’m sure most of you have never heard of organized stalking but it’s a covert crime being committed by our intelligence agencies against the public. The following is a short description from Urban Dictionary.

    “A system of organized psychological terror tactics used against a person who has become an enemy of an individual or a government. Subtle but effective techniques of stalking by multiple individuals and psychological intimidation and manipulation are used to slowly but surely drive the target to make complaints to authorities who will see the complaints as bogus because of the methods used against the target. As a result, the target gets labelled as mentally ill.

    There are as many stalking tactics as there are targets as the multistalkers will tailor the stalking to the individuals habits and individual personality. Some common examples or organized stalking are: following the target on foot, by car and public transportation, crowding the target’s space in a public place, murmuring insults under the breath so only the target can hear, sitting in the car outside the target’s residence, starting “fights” in public with the target, doing “skits” on the street which involves information only the target should know but has been found out via surveillance of the target, stealing and vandalism of the target’s possesions.”

  2. John Newcomb says:

    See Marlow Stern’s totally-different view of the Oliver-Snowden interview:
    “John Oliver Makes Edward Snowden Squirm on ‘Last Week Tonight’”:
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/04/06/john-oliver-grills-edward-snowden-on-last-week-tonight.html

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