Edward Snowden Speaks Out Against The War on Whistleblowers

Tonight at 10 p.m. ET on NBC an interview with Edward Snowden will be aired, his first with any US television station.

In the exclusive interview with NBC news anchor Brian Williams, Snowden blamed the State Department for isolating him in Russia and announced he was not a low-level systems administrator as the U.S. government has repeated again and again…

What they are trying to do is that they are trying to use one position to distract from the totality of my experience, which is: I’ve worked for the Central Intelligence Agency — undercover, overseas, I’ve worked for the National Security Agency — undercover, overseas, and I’ve worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency as a lecturer at the joint counter-intelligence training,” Snowden reveals tonight in the interview.

The reality is I never intended to end up in Russia. I had a flight booked to Cuba onwards to Latin America and I was stopped because the United States government decided to revoke my passport and trap me in Moscow Airport… So when people ask why are you in Russia, I say, please ask the State Department.”

John Kerry immediately shot back in an interview:

For a supposedly smart guy, that’s a pretty dumb answer, frankly… If Mr. Snowden wants to come back to the United States today, we’ll have him on a flight today.”

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