Edward Snowden claims he 'was trained as a spy' in NBC's 'Nightly News' interview
In the exclusive interview with "Nightly News" host Brian Williams, Snowden claims that he isn't just some low-level hacker like some critics and the government have labeled him. He was "trained as a spy" in the CIA.
"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," Snowden says. "But I am a technical specialist. I am a technical expert. I don't work with people. I don't recruit agents. What I do is I put systems to work for the United States. And I've done that at all levels, from the bottom on the ground all the way to the top."
Watch a clip of his interview below:
Snowden's full interview airs Wednesday (May 28) at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.