April 6, 2015

John Oliver talks to Edward Snowden about government surveillance. Via Raw Story:

Prior to running footage of an interview he conducted with Edward Snowden in Russia, Oliver pointed out out that almost 50 percent of Americans are unconcerned with unchecked government surveillance, which he found shocking.

Calling Snowden “the most famous hero and/or traitor in recent American history,” Oliver conducted a wide-ranging interview with the former NSA analyst, touching on homesickness, the U.S. surveillance state, and asking him how much he misses Hot Pockets, to which Snowden replied, “I do miss Hot Pockets very much.”

Following a surprisingly contentious back and forth over whether Snowden may have put people at risk with his revelations, Oliver pressed the whistleblower to speak up for Americans who are “terrified” that the government might have access to naked pictures of them and “dick pics.”

“Well, the good news is there’s no program named, ‘the dick pic program,’” Snowden said. “The bad news is, they are still collecting everybody’s information, including your dick pics.”

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