So, on Thursday, Edward Snowden appeared on Russian live TV during president Putin’s annual Q&A to ask some questions about mass surveillance in Russia.
Of course, this has been branded by Snowden critics as “an act of compliant propaganda“. No surprises there. Haters gonna hate. However, as the Guardian notes, even some of Mr Snowden’s supporters voiced criticism and I could imagine that others were a little confused as to why Mr Snowden would be taking this kind of risk.
In this article for the Guardian, submitted via the Freedom of the Press Foundation, Mr Snowden explains his motivation for asking his questions the way he did, and his reasons for phoning in in the first place.