Russian President Putin Comments On The NSA Scandal

Russian President Vladimir Putin during his talk with Russia Today television channel's journalists and correspondents, June 11, 2013. (RT photo / Semyon Khorunzhy)

Putin On NSA Leak: Government Surveillance Shouldn’t Break Law -- RT

Data surveillance is an acceptable measure if done within the law, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin told RT while visiting the channel in the capital.

“Such methods are in demand. But you can’t just listen to the phone call in Russia; you need a special order from court. This is how this should be done in civilized society while tackling terrorism with the use of any technical means. If it is in the framework of the law, then it’s ok. If not it is unacceptable,” Putin said answering the question of RT’s Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan. Commenting on Obama’s statement that “You can’t have 100 per cent security and 100 per cent privacy,” Putin disagreed, saying it is possible if done within the law.

Russia said it could consider the possibility of granting political asylum to 29-year-old Edward Snowden, if such request is made. The ex-CIA worker disclosed the existence of PRISM, the National Security Agency’s (NSA) massive data-mining surveillance program, to The Guardian.

“If we receive such a request, we will consider it,” President Vladimir Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

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Update #1: Legal Wiretaps by Special Services Are ‘Normal’ – Putin -- RIA Novosti
Update #2: Fawning interviewers give President Vladimir Putin easy ride on Kremlin TV chat show appearance -- The Independent

My Comment: His comments on privacy are "sweet" when one remembers that before becoming involved in Russian politics he was an officer for the KGB.

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