Last night during his first television interview with American media, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden sat down with NBC’s Brian Williams for a 10pm special and made his case for a plea bargain, as well as discussed being stranded in Russia after the US government revoked his passport.
Answering whether he considers himself a patriot, Snowden said that he does.
“Being a patriot doesn’t mean prioritizing service to government above all else. Being a patriot means knowing when to protect your country, knowing when to protect your Constitution, knowing when to protect your countrymen from the — the violations of an — and encroachments of adversaries. And those adversaries don’t have to be foreign countries. They can be bad policies. They can be officials who, you know, need a little bit more accountability. They can be mistakes of government and — and simple overreach and — and things that — that should never have been tried, or — or that went wrong.”
Even though Snowden feels what he did was right, he recognizes that sometimes doing right is not legal.
“Sometimes to do the right thing, you have to break a law…You have to make sure that what you’re risking, what you’re bringing onto yourself does not serve as a detriment to anyone else.”
For a full look at Williams’ sit down with Snowden – which took place last week at the Kempinsky Hotel in Moscow – click on over to NBC News.