Putin: “First of all, our intelligence efforts are strictly regulated by our law so how special forces can use this kind of special equipment as they intercept phone calls or follow someone online.”
The interesting thing about this is that it happened. Was it staged?
Putin’s answer was quite long. You can watch it here:
Well you could, it has since been removed from multiple sites including YouTube.
Here is the text:
‘Mr Snowden, you are a former agent, a spy,’ President Putin said. ‘I used to be working for an intelligence service. We are going to talk one on one as fellow intelligence workers.
‘Our intelligence efforts are strictly regulated by our law. Special forces can use this kind of equipment as they intercept phone calls or follow someone online, [but] you have to get court permission to stalk a particular person.
‘Of course we know that criminals and terrorists use technology for their criminal acts and of course special services have to use technical means to respond to their crimes including those of a terrorist nature.
‘But we do not have a mass-scale, uncontrollable effort like that. I hope we won’t do that and we don’t have as much money as they have in the States and we don’t have these technical devices that they have in the States.
‘Our special services, thank God, are strictly controlled by society and the law and are regulated by the law.’
The video is up for now at : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2606846/From-one-spy-Putin-says-Russia-not-carrying-mass-surveillance-citizens-response-question-Edward-Snowden-live-televised-Q-A.html#ixzz2zCxRxqu3