Putin: ‘I Envy’ Obama’s Spy Program

Vladimir_Putin_12015And Vladimir, I envy your forthrightness, notably not a quality that Mr. Obama shares with you. USA Today reports on the Russian President’s latest unscripted statements:

Russia President Vladimir Putin says his government is not working with National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, and defended President Obama over his spying program — sort of.

“How do I feel about Obama after Snowden’s revelations? I envy him, because he can get away with it,” Putin said during a Thursday news conference in Russia.

Speaking a day after a White House advisory panel released a report recommending changes in NSA programs, Putin defended espionage in general.

He called it “one of the oldest professions in the world, just like some other well-known professions — we won’t mention them here,” an apparent reference to prostitution.

But Putin did say regulations, such as those envisioned for the NSA, are necessary: “On political level, it’s necessary to limit the appetite of special services with certain rules.”

As for Snowden — granted political asylum by Russia earlier this year — Putin said: “To speak in professional jargon, operatively speaking, we are not working with him, and we never worked with him…

[continues at USA Today]


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  • kowalityjesus

    Vladimir is waving his dick around because he’s reached parity with 5th gen fighters.

  • BuzzCoastin

    “How do I feel about Obama after Snowden’s revelations? I envy him, because he can get away with it,” Putin said

    yes Vlad
    sad but true
    he can get away with it
    in the land of the free to obey

  • Aipeed Teaitchse

    there was only one more sentence in the actual article… why not include…

  • farbauti

    Anybody else found it peculiar that his statements read like the typical russian speaking english. I’m pretty sure Putin knows that he’s supposed to put an “a” in his sentences…

  • Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness

    Putin’s political domination of Obama on the world stage is as embarrassing as a cage fight between them would be.

    • InfvoCuernos

      I hate betting against the home team, but I’d pay to see that fight.

      • emperorreagan

        I imagine Putin roaring and tearing Obama’s heart out, then in the post-fight interview telling Joe Rogan via translator that “I learned that from your mortal kombat.”

        • farbauti

          Putin speaks Russian, Swedish, English, German and another language. Perfectly.

          • emperorreagan

            The point of using a translator isn’t necessarily that you can’t understand or speak a language.

        • http://disinfo.com majestic


    • http://2012diaries.blogspot.com/ tristan eldritch

      Sounds awesome! 80s Stallone to do the soundtrack: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcfPGDwtgp8