Oscars 2015: Edward Snowden Responds to 'Treason' Joke

PHOTO: Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden appears live via video during a student organized world affairs conference at the Upper Canada College private high school in Toronto on Feb. 2, 2015.PlayMark Blinch/Reuters
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Edward Snowden can take a joke.

The star of the Oscar-winning documentary "Citizenfour" was not able to attend the glitzy bash on Sunday "for some treason," host Neil Patrick Harris quipped after the filmmakers thanked the whistleblower for his courage.

Snowden has been living in Russia for more than a year after he was granted asylum. He is wanted in the United States under the federal Espionage Act for revealing classified National Security Agency information, meaning a return to the United States would likely be out of the question unless he wanted to surrender.

In a Reddit Ask Me Anything interview with the team behind "Citizenfour," Snowden said he "laughed at NPH."

"I don't think it was meant as a political statement, but even if it was, that's not so bad," Snowden said of the Oscar host's clever play on words. "My perspective is if you're not willing to be called a few names to help out your country, you don't care enough."