Dominic Rushe
The Guardian
January 19, 2014

NSA contractor Edward Snowden may have had Russian help, according to Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers.
NSA contractor Edward Snowden may have had Russian help, according to Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers.
Russia may have helped the former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden to reveal details of surveillance programmes and escape US authorities last year, the chairman of the House intelligence committee claimed on Sunday.

Mike Rogers, a Republican representative from Michigan, interviewed by NBC’s Meet the Press, said Snowden was “a thief whom we believe had some help”, and added that there was an “ongoing” investigation into whether Russia had aided Snowden.

“I believe there’s questions to be answered there,” Rogers said. “I don’t think it was a gee-whiz luck event that he ended up in Moscow under the handling of the [Russian intelligence service] FSB.”

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