(WASHINGTON.CBSLOCAL) — HBO comedian John Oliver traveled to Russia and spoke with former NSA contractor Edward Snowden last week in a wide-ranging interview that touched on the Patriot Act’s upcoming expiration date, his “vindication” in releasing the NSA documents – and even a comical take on government access to Americans’ naked selfies.
The primary focus of Oliver’s criticism is that the Patriot Act, specifically the controversial Section 215, is set to expire on June 1 unless the government reauthorizes the mass surveillance collection program. Looking to bring attention to the NSA’s intrusive technology, the comedian spent “48 paranoid hours in Moscow” to do a half-humorous, half-serious interview with the “the most famous hero and/or traitor in recent American history” who leaked a trove of documents about the U.S. government’s surveillance programs to journalists in 2013.
Asked by Oliver if he misses home, Snowden said “my country is something that travels with me. I do miss my country, I do miss my home, I do miss my family.”
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