Snowden speaks to NBC's Brian Williams

, Posted: Wed, May 28 2014 at 1:00 PM, Updated: Wed, May 28 2014 at 3:59 PM

(NBC News)  Edward Snowden, the man labeled a traitor and fugitive by some and a patriot and hero by others, shares his thoughts for the first time on an American television network tonight in an exclusive interview with NBC's Brian Williams.

In his first U.S. Network television interview Snowden describes his work with the CIA, National Security Agency and Defense Department.

"I was trained as a spy in sort of the traditional sense of the word, in that I lived and worked undercover overseas, pretending to work in a job that I'm not, and even being assigned a name that was not mine," he claims.

It's a much different role than the "low-level analyst" described by lawmakers when he began leaking details and documents from the NSA last year.

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