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NBC’S WILLIAMS: SECRECY PLAYED ROLE IN LANDING SNOWDEN INTERVIEW

May 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Brian Williams has told the New York Times that he and his NBC colleagues engaged in their own version of cloak-and-dagger secrecy to land his interview with former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that is scheduled to air as a one-hour special tonight (Wednesday). (The network said on Tuesday that the interview, which was conducted at the Hotel Baltschug Kempinski in Moscow and lasted five hours, “was months in the making.”) “We were worried about a number of things,” Williams told the Times. “There were competitive concerns,” he said, presumably referring to efforts by rival reporters to be the first to interview Snowden on camera. And Williams indicated that he “didn’t know how much the Russians knew about the reasons for our travel,” suggesting that he was apprehensive that authorities might attempt to prevent him from interviewing Snowden. Williams made it clear that no payment of any kind was made to Snowden for the interview. “No money changed hands,” he said. “I think his total compensation was half a chicken sandwich from the room service cart.”