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US lawmakers say Snowden was 'helped' by foreign power

Published on Jan 20, 2014 6:09 AM
 
This still frame grab recorded on June 6, 2013 and released to AFP on June 10, 2013 shows Edward Snowden, who has been working at the National Security Agency for the past four years, speaking during an interview with The Guardian newspaper at an undisclosed location in Hong Kong. Snowden may have acted in concert with a foreign power in exposing United States (US) surveillance programs, two Republican lawmakers suggested on Sunday. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Edward Snowden may have acted in concert with a foreign power in exposing United States (US) surveillance programs, two Republican lawmakers suggested on Sunday.

"I think there are some interesting questions we have to answer that certainly would lend one to believe that the Russians had at least in some part something to do" with the affair, House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers told CBS's Face The Nation.

Mr Rogers, a Republican, said "everything from how he prepared to leave, his route of departure and how he quickly ended up in Moscow" put Snowden's ties at question.

The "vast majority" of the information leaked by Snowden, Mr Rogers said "had nothing to do with the National Security Agency (NSA) programme and everything to do with our military capabilities, army, navy, air force, marines." Mr Rogers, appearing in a second interview on NBC's Meet The Press, said he didn't think "it was a gee-whiz luck event that he ended up in Moscow under the handling of the FSB" state security agency in Russia.

 
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