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Edward Snowden: 'Russia's great'

Edward Snowden sat down with journalist James Bamford to film a segment for PBS series NOVA earlier this week, and he said he's far from miserable or drunk in Russia.

The Washington Post notes that former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden had said in a speech that Snowden would "end up like most of the rest of the defectors who went to the old Soviet Union: Isolated, bored, lonely, depressed — and most of them ended up alcoholics."

Not so, said Snowden during the interview.

"They talk about Russia like it's the worst place on earth. Russia's great," the former NSA contractor said.

Snowden has been living in Moscow for a little more than a year, and he has about two-and-a-half years left of his three-year asylum term granted by the Russian government.