Late-Night Comedy Roundup: Snowden Is 'Drone Bait'

The U.S. is China's sad ex-boyfriend -- and more

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After recent news that the federal government is going to charge Edward Snowden with espionage, the NSA leaker’s location is unknown. Stephen Colbert called Snowden “drone-bait” and remembered an old computer game/television show for a nice graphic and some jokes about computer nerds. On TBS, Conan O’Brien noted the irony of a leaker being so secretive. With the stoppage of communication between Hong Kong and the United States, The Daily Show’s John Oliver compared the federal government to a sad ex-boyfriend and joined The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno  in making fun of the efficacy of the NSA surveillance program.

The Late Show’s David Letterman brought Snowden’s pole-dancing girlfriend back into the mix, making a joke about nations allowing asylum to her. In other news, Letterman also brought the opening of World War Z into the Obama administration, showing a video touching on the administration’s Let’s Move campaign.

Fast forward to 4:15 to see Oliver explain the United States government’s knowledge of Snowden’s whereabouts. 

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Ross Gianfortune is a senior web producer at Government Executive. He previously worked at The Washington Post, The Gazette Newspapers, and WXRT Radio.

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