Quoted: John Oliver on Edward Snowden ‘owning’ the harm from his NSA spying leaks

“You have to own that then. You’re giving documents with information you know could be harmful, which could get out there.”

John Oliver, host of “Last Week Tonight,” to Edward Snowden during an interview. Snowden, the former U.S. government tech contractor who leaked documents that revealed mass NSA surveillance, replied “yes.”

In the interview (video below), Oliver said to Snowden: “The New York Times took a slide, didn’t redact it properly, and in the end it was possible for people to see that something was being used in Mosul on al-Qaida.”

“That is a problem,” Snowden responded.

Oliver’s interview with Snowden, conducted in Russia, comes ahead of the scheduled June 1 expiration date of Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which authorizes the mass collection of phone records — one of the programs revealed by the Snowden leaks. Tech companies and public advocacy groups are calling on Congress to reform the nation’s spying laws, including stopping the phone-records collection. The Obama administration says the collection of phone records is vital for national security.

In other news of the effects of the Snowden leaks, Pete Carey wrote last week about a new report estimating the damage to U.S. businesses at “only” $47 billion in lost business.

 

Photo of Edward Snowden from the Guardian via Associated Press

 

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