Exclusive: Brian Williams sits down with Edward Snowden

May 28, 2014 2:17 PM

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden sat down with NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams last week for his first interview with a U.S. television network. The interview will air tonight at 10 p.m. on KNVN 24.

Williams’ in-person interview with Snowden was conducted over five hours and was shrouded in secrecy due to Snowden's life in exile since leaking classified documents about U.S. surveillance programs a year ago.

U.S. officials believe Snowden took as many as 1.7 million documents for the handful of months he worked for Booz Allen Hamilton at the NSA center in Hawaii in early 2013.

In May 2013 Snowden left his job at Booz Allen and flew to Hong Kong. He met with Guardian journalists June 1, and the paper published its first exclusive story June 5, which said the U.S. government forces phone companies to turn over phone records of Americans.

Snowden was charged with espionage and fled to Russia in June before the United States revoked his passport. He lived in the transit area of the airport in Moscow for more than one month before he was granted temporary asylum in Russia.


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