Snowden Rips Critics of Putin Call

    Accused government whistleblower Edward Snowden is seen on a screen as he speaks via video conference with members of the Committee on legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe during an hearing on "mass surveillance" at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, April 8, 2014. The video feed linked Snowden, who officials said was somewhere in Moscow, Russia, with the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE  - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR3KEYO

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    Edward Snowden says he was just asking questions of Vladimir Putin on state-run television Thursday, not covering for the man who essentially granted him asylum. Writing in The Guardian, Snowden said "I was surprised that people who witnessed me risk my life to expose the surveillance practices of my own country could not believe that I might also criticize the surveillance policies of Russia, a country to which I have sworn no allegiance, without ulterior motive." Snowden said Putin denied and dodged his question about whether Russia engages in mass surveillance, but that his question and Putin's non-answer lifted a de facto ban on the subject in Russia.

    Read it at The Guardian