John Oliver interviews Edward Snowden, and real journalism breaks out

April 6, 2015 1:52 PM

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John Oliver interviews Edward Snowden, and real journalism breaks out

John Oliver has said any apparent acts of journalism he commits are solely in pursuit of a joke, but humor seemed to take a backseat in his interview with National Security Administration leaker Edward Snowden, which aired Sunday on HBO's"Last Week Tonight."

The interview, conducted in Russia, was something like a Frost/Nixon moment, proving the comedian can ask a hard-edged question. Oliver pushed hard against Snowden, whom he described as "the most famous hero and/or traitor in recent American history," with a particular focus on Snowden's decision to...

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