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Baldwin says he wants to interview Snowden for his podcast

July 3, 2013 at 4:18 PM
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NEW YORK, July 3 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Alec Baldwin says he plans to travel to Russia to interview National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden for his WNYC podcast, "Here's the Thing."

"I want to try to interview him for my podcast on WNYC. I'm pressing all the buttons I have in London with friends of mine who know [Julian] Assange. I'm going to fly to Russia and try to interview Snowden," Baldwin told Vanity Fair. "I'm going to try."

Asked is he is a supporter of Snowden, Baldwin replied: "I'm not a fan or a critic. I want it to play out. It's like [Daniel] Ellsberg, you know? Insofar as let's find out what he's got. Let's not assume automatically that he's an enemy of this country. If he is, well then we have laws that, unfortunately for him, he's [expletive]. They're going to get him; I'm sure someone is going to trade him."

Snowden is the fugitive former U.S. security contractor who revealed secret U.S. surveillance programs and fled from Hong Kong to Moscow to avoid extradition. The one-time National Security Agency contractor has been holed up in a transit zone in Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport.

The U.S. government has filed charges against him, including two espionage-related counts.

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