Edward Snowden: Traitor Or Patriot?

(NBC News) Is Edward Snowden a traitor or a patriot?

In his most extensive televised interview since taking asylum in Russia the National Security Agency whistleblower defended his actions as those of a patriot.

"Being a patriot means knowing when to protect your country, knowing when to protect your constitution, knowing when to protect your countrymen from the violations and encroachments of adversaries," Snowden told NBC's Brian Williams. "And those adversaries don't have to be foreign countries. They can be bad policies."

Snowden insists he did try to work within the system, complaining repeatedly to supervisors before fleeing the country and going public with classified documents bearing extensive details of the NSA's phone and online surveillance.

For now, there's no "out" for Snowden. Even after this interview, Secretary of State John Kerry called him a traitor.

Snowden insists he did the right thing.

"What is right is not the same as what is legal. Sometimes to do the right thing you have to break a law," he says. "I may have lost my ability to travel but I've gained the ability to go to sleep at night."

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(NBC News) Edward Snowden, the man labeled a traitor and fugitive by some and a patriot and hero by others, shares his thoughts for the first time on an american television network tonight in an exclusive interview with NBC's Brian Williams.

In his first u.S. Network television interview Snowden describes his work with the CIA, National Security Agency and Defense Department.

"I was trained as a spy in sort of the traditional sense of the word, in that I lived and worked undercover overseas, pretending to work in a job that I'm not, and even being assigned a name that was not mine," he claims.

It's a much different role than the "low-level analyst" described by lawmakers when he began leaking details and documents from the NSA last year.

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