TODAY   |  October 12, 2013

New video of Edward Snowden in Moscow

NSA leaker Edward Snowden emerged into the spotlight after being nominated Andrei Sakharov Prize, which honors figures who stand up to oppressive powers, and is given by members of the European Parliament. NBC's Michael Isikoff has the details.

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>>> he talked about the impact of his leaks to a group of u.s. whistle blowers who travel to russia to give him an award.

>> people all over the world are realizing that these programs don't make us more safe. they hurt our economy. they hurt our country. they limit our ability to speak and think and live and be creative, to have relationships to associate freedom.

>> michael isikoff is in d.c. with us with more on snowden . this was snowden 's first on-cameraance in while. what is his status right now?

>> snowden is federal fugitive and facing federal charges for violation of the espionage act . we see here he doesn't seem concerned here. he is even defiant. he even argues it should be u.s. intelligence officials and not he who should be wanted for lying to congress. they say a well-known espionage player has quietly approached the justice department on behalf of associates of snowden to see if there are any terms that might allow him to come home. in this video, snowden doesn't sound like anybody who is looking to make a deal.

>> what is the future of the surveillance programs that he revealed, mike?

>> that is interesting. there is mounting pressure in congress to curb these programs. president obama , remember, has already appointed a task force to review them. there's an effort in congress, the last vote in congress came just 12 votes short of curbing the most controversial aspect of this program and there seems to be a building pressure that even if snowden personally doesn't have much of a future in the united states , he may well have had an impact on public policy.

>> michael, thank you.