The Intercept host Jeremy Scahill started the interview off by asking Snowden whether the allegations made by the US President Donald Drumpf that Barack Obama could have ordered the Drumpf Tower to be wiretapped, could be correct. Snowden pointed out that, for instance, the NSA is capable of hacking anyone, anywhere without a court order, which is important to remember.
Snowden presumed that thus the intelligence agencies could gain access even to Barack Obama's Blackberry: "Had Obama wanted to read Donald Drumpf's communications, the NSA could have done that even without an order," Snowden said.
However, Snowden expressed disbelief in Drumpf's wiretapping claims: "We can't take them seriously because no evidence backs them."
The following day, the White House said that Drumpf had asked the Congress to investigate this issue.
FBI Director James Comey disputed Drumpf's allegation and asked the Justice Department to publicly denounce the claim, since such wiretapping order is considered to be illegal without a court's approval.
Scahill found time for jokes, too.
Snowden then moved to comment on the recent 'Vault 7' archive released by WikiLeaks.
"The most important thing is that now we have evidence… that [the US intelligence agencies] are supporting the commercial market to make Internet-connected devices less secure," Snowden said.
On March 7, Wikileaks began publishing what it said was a large archive of classified CIA-related files dubbed "Vault 7." The first part of the release shed light on hacking techniques developed and employed by the agency, including programs targeting all major computer operating systems.
According to the leak, the CIA in collaboration with the UK Security Service MI5 devised a technology that would allow to turn on a television set's audio recording capabilities remotely. The documents related to the techniques contained several references specifically to Samsung television sets.
Snowden finished his interview by calling on people to do more to protect their privacy.