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NSA Leaker Snowden Rejects Charges He Spied for Russia

Edward Snowden is seen delivering his "Alternative Christmas Message" on Britain's Channel 4. (Channel 4)
Edward Snowden is seen delivering his "Alternative Christmas Message" on Britain's Channel 4. (Channel 4)
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Former U.S. national security contractor Edward Snowden is rejecting suggestions he is a Russian spy, saying he acted alone in leaking details about the American government's clandestine surveillance programs.

Snowden told the New Yorker magazine in an interview conducted by encrypted means from Moscow that "this Russian spy push is absurd." The 30-year-old Snowden stressed that he had "no assistance from anyone, much less a government."

In recent days, some U.S. lawmakers have suggested, without offering direct evidence, that Snowden had help from a foreign government. The U.S. says Snowden took 1.7 million documents from a National Security Agency outpost on the Pacific island state of Hawaii before fleeing to asylum in Russia.

One lawmaker who oversees U.S. intelligence operations, congressman Mike Rogers, said it is no coincidence that Snowden is living in Russia.

"I believe there's a reason he ended up in the hands, the loving arms of an FSB agent in Moscow. I don't think that's a coincidence.''

In rejecting the suggestion, Snowden noted that he first traveled to Hong Kong and was held in a Moscow airport for 40 days, with the intention of leaving for Latin America before the U.S. revoked his passport.

He told the magazine, "Spies get treated better than that."

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by: lsh from: metro area
January 23, 2014 5:45 AM
He took US information and gave it to other countries, how is that a whistle blower? I was taught that his behavior is called TREASON. If he had a problem with our government, he should have addressed it with us not go to China, Russia, Germany, and every other country he thought of give them American data! Once upon a time people like him would have been shot, jailed, and totally ostracized, this idiot should stay in Russia, he belongs there. He is not a hero but a disgrace.


by: Doug from: Canada
January 22, 2014 8:28 PM
This traitor cause serious damage to US intellegence.His day for justice will come for remember it took almost 10yrs to hunt down Osama Bin Laden and one day tratior Snowden will make a fatal and final mistake and find himself face to face with Navy Seal Team 6 who will dispatch this piece of human waste to hell


by: Brandt Hardin
January 22, 2014 4:18 PM
Snowden is a hero and a patriot in my book. We live in an age where the civil liberties our forefathers fought so hard for are being eroded by the day. Freedom of Press, Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Assembly are mere ghostly images of their original intent. We’ve woken up to an Orwellian Society of Fear where anyone is at the mercy of being labeled a terrorist for standing up for rights we took for granted just over a decade ago. Read about how we’re waging war against ourselves at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/09/living-in-society-of-fear-ten-years.html


by: gerty murphy from: Seattle WA
January 22, 2014 3:46 PM
I think this young man is the bravest person I have seen in a long time. His life is forever changed by making the important, vital, decision to look critically at what he was being asked to do, evaluate it's moral and long term ramifications and speak out. Edward, you are welcome at my dinner table any day of the week.

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