NBC News announced Thursday that “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams traveled to Moscow this week for an exclusive interview with Edward Snowden.
Snowden is the former NSA contractor who admittedly leaked top secret classified information about two U.S. surveillance programs that monitored phone calls and internet traffic.
Snowden, who is living in Moscow, has been charged with a number of federal crimes under espionage laws.
Williams’ rare and revealing in-person conversation with Snowden was conducted over the course of several hours, and was shrouded in secrecy due to Snowden’s life in exile since leaking classified documents about U.S. surveillance programs a year ago.
Williams also jointly interviewed Snowden and journalist Glenn Greenwald, who helped get the information published, about how they came to work together and the global debate sparked by their revelations.
The interview will air in an hour-long NBC News primetime special tonight at 9 p.m. CT.