Edward Snowden Speaks, Omaha Reacts

It has been nearly a year since we first heard of Edward Snowden, and Wednesday he talked to NBC News' Brian Williams about how he became an American fugitive.

"The constitution of the United States has been violated on a massive scale," said Edward Snowden.

Snowden's decision to expose the government's surveillance program and leak thousands of classified files has polarized Americans across the country.

"We do need to know what our government is doing and what kind of information they're looking at," said Aaron Reep.

"It's kinda like did you really need to do that? Was it necessary? And what gains are we going to get from that?" said Babette Griffin.

Snowden also used the interview to dismiss the government officials who describe him as a low-level contractor. He claims he is actually a trained spy.

"I developed sources and methods for keeping our information and people secure in the most hostile and dangerous environments around the world. So when they talk about this low level systems administrator and that I don't know what I'm talking about, I say it's somewhat misleading," said Snowden.

Now living in exile in Russia, Snowden faces felony charges of espionage by the U.S. government. He says that he wants to seek a deal for clemency or amnesty.

"If I could go anywhere in the world, that place would be home," said Snowden.


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