NBC News To Sit Down With Snowden For First American TV Interview

NBC News anchor Brian Williams traveled to Russia this week for an interview with perhaps the most famous whistleblower of all time and the award-winning journalist who reported on his disclosures.

The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple reported Thursday that Williams talked to both journalist Glenn Greenwald and his source Edward Snowden for what will be a three-part interview on NBC. According to Wemple, the majority of the broadcast will stem from the several hours Williams spends with Snowden, who has been living in Moscow after receiving asylum from the Russian government.

Williams will also interview Greenwald individually, while the third part will involve both Greenwald and Snowden together.

NBC confirmed the interview on Twitter, revealing that it will air on the network Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET. It will be Snowden’s first interview to air on American television. The tweet included an arresting photo of Williams and Snowden together.

NBC News has a collaborative agreement with First Look Media, the online outlet founded by billionaire Pierre Omidyar and where Greenwald currently works.

An unnamed source at NBC told Wemple that Greenwald didn’t negotiate the terms of the interview, but the source acknowledged that the Pulitzer Prize winner is one of only a few people who can facilitate communication with Snowden.

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