Snowden got used.
Of course the Kremlin propaganda machine wanted to play Snowden, but in the end all this does is help us all start the debate about mass surveillance in Russia instead of keeping it quiet. This is good for the Russian people and it's good for society in general.
You're parroting the corporate media narrative that Snowden is simply naive and couldn't possibly see how Russia could try to use him in their favor by allowing him to question Putin.
Snowden is actually a very intelligent guy and has managed to keep the largest military-industrial complex the world has ever seen off his ass. I think he can use judgement in weighing the positives and negatives of questioning Putin, and he did.
I also find it pathetic that the western, corporatist media are trying to say this is a softball question:
“Does Russia intercept, store or analyze, in any way, the communications of millions of individuals?”
How the living fuck is that a softball question? A softball question would have been "How does Russia protect their citizens from American spying?" or some shit.
It was a very specific question that was actually difficult to run around. He specifically mentioned, "intercept, store or analyze, in any way". That doesn't offer much wiggle room for dodging. He also said "communications" as to cover everything from phone calls to emails. Once again, very little, if any, wiggle room.
He doesn't need a wheelbarrow for his balls, he can store them in his empty head.
When you don't have a good argument, resort to inane insults.
we're ungrateful bastards?
You said it, not me.