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Edward Snowden Thought Neil Patrick Harris' 'Treason' Joke From The Oscars Was Pretty Funny

02/23/2015 03:49 pm ET

After "Citizenfour" -- the film about Edward Snowden's efforts to expose the National Security Agency's surveillance tactics -- won best documentary at the 2015 Academy Awards, Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris couldn't help but crack a joke.

"Edward Snowden couldn't be here for some treason," Harris said.

Reporter Glenn Greenwald, who helped with the documentary "Citizenfour" and broke the NSA news in The Guardian in 2013, called the joke "pretty pitiful," "stupid" and "irresponsible." But Snowden had a different reaction.

"To be honest, I laughed at NPH," Snowden said in a reddit AMA on Monday. "I don't think it was meant as a political statement, but even if it was, that's not so bad. My perspective is if you're not willing to be called a few names to help out your country, you don't care enough."

Read more from the AMA with Snowden, Greenwald and filmmaker Laura Poitras here.

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