Edward Snowden gave his first televised interview Wednesday night, speaking with NBC journalist Brian Williams in a remarkably candid hour-long sit down.
Despite the Obama administration's claim that Snowden was simply a low-level analyst, the embattled 30-year-old former government employee insisted that he's a "trained spy" who exposed NSA surveillance programs out of a sense of patriotic duty.
Being a patriot means knowing when to protect your country," said Snowden. "I think it's important to remember people don't set their lives on fire, they don't walk away from extraordinarily comfortable lives for no reason."
While Snowden was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2013, he remains an intensely controversial figure, branded by many within the Obama administration as a treasonous traitor.
"If I could go anywhere in the world, that place would be home," said Snowden, who's currently living in Russia to avoid prosecution.
Snowden claimed that he's "still serving" the US and insisted that all three branches of the American government have "enacted reforms" based on the revelations of his whistleblowing campaign.