"Does Russia intercept, store or analyze in any way the communications of millions of individuals?" Snowden asked in English via a video link during Putin's annual question-and-answer program, which was broadcast on state television. "And do you believe that simply increasing the effectiveness of intelligence or law enforcement investigations can justify placing societies, rather than their subjects, under surveillance?"
Putin responded that Russia has a special service that bugs telephone conversations and Internet communications to fight crimes, including terrorism, but only with court permission and only "for specific citizens."
"So, the mass character is something we do not have and cannot have," Putin said in Russian.
"On such a mass scale ... we do not allow ourselves to do this, and we will never allow this. We do not have the money or the means to do that," he said.
Putin, a former intelligence agent, noted that his questioner, a former National Security Agency contractor, shares that background. "So, we can speak in professional language," he said.
So Putin is holding a press conference in Moscow and during a question/answer session has this treasonous piece of shit Snowden get on teleconference to ask him a question -all undoubtedly pre-planned and a direct shot at the United States. This bastard's treason is now complete, and any American still calling him a hero is a traitor as well in my book. During a time when our nation is locked in a diplomatic battle over the Ukraine crisis this bastard aided the other side. If we ever get this prick the penalty should be death, period.
Putin also fielded a question from a 6 year old asking him if he thinks Obama would save him if he were drowning. What a joke.