And of course both of these characters are true to their word.
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The exchange between Putin and Snowden appeared to be a piece of theater designed to embarrass the Obama administration amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Russia over Ukraine.
“I’ve seen little public discussion of Russia’s own involvement in the policies of mass surveillance,” Snowden, a former government contractor facing espionage charges in the U.S., told Putin via video message.
“We don’t like a mass system of such interception,” Putin said, according to a translation from state-run broadcaster Russia Today.
He said that the government has “some efforts like that” to track “criminals and terrorists,” but that was highly regulated and did not amount to “mass scale” surveillance.
“I hope we won’t do that, and we don’t have as much money as they have in the States and don’t have these technical devices that they have in the States,” he added. “Our special services, thanks God, are strictly controlled by the society and by the law and regulated by the law.”