Did Snowden get Russian help? Some lawmakers think yes
January 19th, 2014
03:47 PM ET
9 years ago

Did Snowden get Russian help? Some lawmakers think yes

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.”

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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.

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  1. Thentheycameforyou....

    Personally I believe our government is extremely arrogant, and does not have the decency to be contrite when caught with their hand in the proverbial cookie jar. Snowden's revelations were an embarrassment on the world's stage. First they labeled him a traitor, then changed their plan of attack to ignoring him while waiting for the next big scandal to divert our attention. Unfortunately, as time went on, more people here in the US as well as in the rest of the world, began to rally behind Snowden as a whistle-blower who did ALL people a great service. There are many in our Congress that are unabashed war-mongers, frustrated by the withdrawal in Iraq and the draw-down in Afghanistan. Public opinion here stymied their attempts to enter into another war, and Putin's peace keeping solution really stuck in their craw, especially after refusing to be intimidated into extraditing Snowden. To then have the audacity to grant him asylum ?!! They can't wrap their heads around the notion that they don't have a God-given right to do anything they choose, to whomever, just because they can re-write laws protecting themselves from prosecution; and the technology to brand us all malcontents/ terrorists, if we dissent. This new propaganda tactic, casting unfounded aspersions linking Snowden to Russia, effectively sets the stage for our probable next war. All in the name of our safety, of course. I just wish someone could protect us from our corrupt "protectors" and their obscenely wealthy, politically powerful backers.

    January 20, 2014 05:15 am at 5:15 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    If anyone who thinks Snowden is a hero, then I have a couple of questions for you:

    -Do you know that Snowden took far more than information about the NSA?
    -Do you know that Snowden is on record stating that he tried to get a job at NSA for the sole purpose of stealing info?
    -Why would a hero travel to a country on our "unfriendlies" list, and how did he gain entrance so easily?
    -Do you know that transportation for Snowden's initial "escape" from America was all pre-arranged?
    -Do you know that Snowden somehow accessed stuff far beyond his authorization levels and skill sets?

    January 20, 2014 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    I'm sure he got help. From who? That's a whole other story.

    January 20, 2014 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  4. Michael MN

    We should ask why do we put the security of the United States in some for profit private business ? The GOP answer to anything is privatise it because Gov can't do anything right – well now live with your decisions

    January 20, 2014 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  5. rs

    "Get help"? More like getting help. Snowden has committed treason, and is the ultimate indictment of government privatization.

    January 20, 2014 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
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