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Edward Snowden to address Brits in Christmas program

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Britain’s Channel 4 says National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden will speak directly to Britain in its annual “Alternative Christmas Message,” a slot typically reserved for provocative or offbeat addresses.

The television channel said Tuesday that the appearance would be Snowden’s first television broadcast since he arrived in Moscow, where he has been granted temporary asylum following his exposure of the NSA’s secret domestic surveillance apparatus. Snowden’s revelations have prompted a global debate over the limits of surveillance and the value of privacy.

The queen delivers Britain’s “Royal Christmas Message,” but Channel 4 has used its parody version to give a platform to people as diverse as Iran’s then-President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad in 2008, and fictional characters including Ali G and Marge Simpson in 1999 and 2004, respectively.

Andy Cohen says 'nyet' to Miss Universe in Russia, citing discriminatory policies

Spectators at this year’s Miss Universe pageant can watch what happens live at the competition — but for the first time in three years, they won’t see Bravo’s Andy Cohen.

Though Cohen co-hosted Miss Universe in 2011 and 2012, he’s bowing out this year because of the pageant’s filming location: Moscow. And as Cohen recently explained to his fellow Miss Universe host Giuliana Rancic, he “didn’t feel right as a gay man stepping foot into Russia.”

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