Matt Damon praises Snowden for NSA leaks


The Hollywood actor said he hadn’t read everything that Snowden has leaked, but called him a “conscientious guy.”

“If we're going to trade our civil liberties for our security, then that should be a decision that we collectively make," Damon added. “It shouldn’t be made for us.”

Husam “Sam” Asi, the interviewer in the brief one-minute clip, is CEO of film and music website UKScreen and host of BBC Arabic TV show “Alternative Cinema.” The full interview with Damon was broadcast on his show on Saturday.

Damon recently waded into the political conversation in early August when he said in an interview with BET, “[Obama] broke up with me.” He said he questioned the legality of the Obama administration’s drone strikes, and the NSA’s surveillance programs that Snowden revealed.

“[Obama’s] got some explaining to do, particularly for a constitutional law professor,” he said in the Aug. 7 interview.

Damon was a strong supporter of Obama during his presidential campaigns.

In the YouTube interview, Damon asks, “To what degree are we willing to sacrifice those liberties for our security?”

“That’s something everyone needs to talk about,” he said. “It’s not something that should be just done."

As of Aug. 26, the short clip had more than 10,000 views.