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No evidence Russia helped Snowden to steal US secrets: Intel committee chairman

Published on Jan 29, 2014 8:44 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the United States Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein, said on Tuesday she has seen no evidence that Russian spies helped former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden steal US eavesdropping secrets.

The Democrat's comments on the MSNBC TV channel contrast with statements by her Republican counterpart in the House of Representative Intelligence Committee, Representative Mike Rogers.

Mr Rogers suggested earlier this month that Russia had acquired influence over Snowden before he left his job as an NSA contractor and traveled to Hong Kong, where he leaked tens of thousands of classified documents describing US and British eavesdropping operations.

"I have no information to that effect. I've never seen anything to that effect. I've asked some questions since and nothing has been forthcoming," Ms Feinstein said.

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