Putin to Snowden: Nah, Russia doesn’t do that mass-surveillance stuff

By Joe Silver

Screenshot from Putin’s televised call-in session.

At Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annual televised call-in session, Russia’s leader on Thursday received a query from a special guest, former US National Security Agency contractor turned government whistleblower, Edward Snowden.

Snowden, who is believed to currently reside in Russia, asked Putin about the current state of surveillance in Russia, to which the Russian leader gave a surprising and suspect “rule of law” response that does not seem to jibe with the Russian government’s approach to various domestic and …read more

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