Putin responds to Snowden's televised question

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email

Putin told Snowden that the Russian government regulates communications as part of criminal investigations, but doesn

Putin was responding to a question that Snowden had asked in a televised question and answer session with the nation.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA (NBC) - Russian President Vladimir Putin told former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden that Russia doesn't carry out indiscriminate surveillance on its citizens.

Putin was responding to a question that Snowden had asked in a televised question and answer session with the nation.

Putin told Snowden that the Russian government regulates communications as part of criminal investigations, but doesn't conduct "mass surveillance."

The US government began collecting so-called telephone metadata shortly after the September 11 attacks under part of the patriot act.

Snowden, a former national security agency contractor, last year disclosed classified details about the extent of the US government's intelligence gathering, sparking an international uproar.


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