Washington (CNN) – While former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has been holed up in Russia pending an asylum request, some in the intelligence community openly wonder if he’s received more help from the Russians than just a safe place to stay.
“Let me just say this: I believe there's a reason he ended up in the hands, in the loving arms of an FSB (Russia’s Federal Security Service) agent in Moscow. I don't think that's a coincidence,” said Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, on NBC’s “Meet The Press.”
Rep. Mike McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, had similar comments.
“I don’t think Mr. Snowden woke up one day and had the wherewithal to do this all by himself,” McCaul said on ABC’s “This Week.” “I think he was helped by others.”
And Michael Morell, former acting director of national intelligence, said he too has suspicions that America’s Cold War enemy may have given Snowden a helping hand.
“I don't have any particular evidence, but one of the things that I point to when I talk about this is that the disclosures that have been coming recently are very sophisticated in their content and sophisticated in their timing, almost too sophisticated for Mr. Snowden to be deciding on his own,” Morell said on CBS’s “Face The Nation.”
Snowden fled to Russia following a short stay in Hong Kong last year after he turned over documents to journalists detailing the NSA’s storage of Americans’ phone records.
The revelations led to a debate over the program and outcry from civil liberties groups and prompted a review by the Obama administration.