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US must exhaust all legal options to get Snowden back: House intelligence chairman

Published on Jun 23, 2013 10:06 PM
 
A plane believed to carry Edward Snowden, the former contractor for the US National Security Agency, lands in Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport on June 23, 2013. Snowden's reported choice to fly to Cuba and Venezuela undermines his whistleblower claims, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said on Sunday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former United States National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden's reported choice to fly to Cuba and Venezuela undermines his whistleblower claims, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said on Sunday.

"Everyone of those nations is hostile to the United States, the Michigan Republican said on NBC's Meet the Press news talk show.

The US government must exhaust all legal options to get Snowden back to the United States, Mr Rogers added.

"When you think about what he says he wants and what his actions are, it defies logic," said Mr Rogers, who repeated his assertion that Snowden's leaks of secret government surveillance programmes had damaged US national security.