The Associated Press – LOS ANGELES (AP) Edward Snowden is in the midst of a rare public interview with the Associated Press that has drawn comparisons to his 2009 book, “The Courage to Lie,” which exposed the extent of U.S. spying on the Internet and other online services.
The AP obtained a transcript of the interview that was provided to the news service by the National Security Agency.
Snowden is a former NSA contractor who left the agency in 2013 and is now an American citizen.
The interview is the first public acknowledgement by Snowden of the extent to which he has sought refuge in Russia.
Snowden says he has not been in Russia since he was granted asylum in Russia in 2012, and has not spoken to journalists since his asylum bid expired in January.
Snowden was granted permanent residency in Russia and has applied for political asylum.
His asylum bid was denied in January by a Russian court.
Snowden, a former National Security Council staffer, has been in exile since 2014.
The Associated States Department of State has said it was notified by the Russian government in December that Snowden had sought asylum.
The U.N. Security Council last month approved sanctions against Russia for its alleged interference in the U.K. referendum on the U