Bill Maher Calls Edward Snowden’s Words ‘Batsh*t’

    January 18, 2014
    Kimberly Ripley

Bill Maher says every time former NSA contractor Edward Snowden opens his mouth, something akin to batsh*t comes flying out. The HBO funny man–whose show has just been renewed for a 13th season–even went so far as to compare Snowden to Ron Paul

“He reminds me a lot of [former Rep.] Ron Paul. I agree with what he says, I nod along and then he says something totally bats—-,” he said on Real Time with Bill Maher during an interview with author and columnist Glenn Greenwald.

As the satellite interview continued, Maher said to Greenwald, “I also respect Edward Snowden, obviously this debate wouldn’t be happening without Edward Snowden, but I was wondering if you agree with me that every time he opens his mouth, he also says something completely nuts.”

He then cited quotes from Edward Snowden pertaining to surveillance programs being “never about terrorism” but about “social control and diplomatic manipulation” instead.

“Well that’s crazy,” Maher said. “They were about stopping terrorism, they may have gone too far, but everybody in the government isn’t out to get you.”

“What’s nuts is the fact that you think that’s nuts,” Greenwald told the talk show host, adding, “He’s a 29 year old, who’s not a trained politician, he doesn’t have aides whispering in his ear what he should say. He’s not adept at that, that’s what makes him so impressive. It was an act of conscious that he stepped forward as an ordinary person.”

Did you catch Bill Maher saying he thinks most everything Edward Snowden says is “batsh*t?” What’s your opinion on the remark? Which of the two–Edward Snowden or Bill Maher–do you think is more qualified to wear that “batsh*t” title?

It seems Bill Maher and Glenn Greenwald have agreed to disagree on the matter–or at least that’s what Maher told him they ought to do toward the end of their interview.

“When he says, ‘They know every friend you’ve ever discussed something with,’ we’ll just have to agree to disagree on what’s f—-ing nuts,” Maher said.

It will definitely be interesting to see how many newsworthy reactions appear as a result of this interview.

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