Colbert took the opportunity to revel in the controversy, even referencing the firestorm on future episodes of the show.
In 2014, when he was hosting “The Colbert Report,” he faced backlash for a joke that some called racist toward Asians and Asian-Americans, spurring a #Cancel Colbert hashtag.
His disclosures revealed numerous global surveillance programs, many run by the NSA and the Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance with the cooperation of telecommunication companies and European governments.
In 2013, Snowden was hired by an NSA contractor, Booz Allen Hamilton, after previous employment with Dell and the CIA.
Further disclosures were made by other publications including Der Spiegel and The New York Times. Two days later, he flew into Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, but Russian authorities noted that his U. passport had been cancelled and he was restricted to the airport terminal for over one month.
Russia ultimately granted him right of asylum for one year, and repeated extensions have permitted him to stay at least until 2020.