WASHINGTON (TIP): Edward Snowden has rejected suggestions he was a Russian spy, saying in remarks published on January 22 that he acted alone in exposing US surveillance programmes.
“This ‘Russian spy’ push is absurd,” the US fugitive told The New Yorker. In an interview, the magazine said was carried out by “encrypted means” from Moscow, Snowden said he “clearly and unambiguously acted alone, with no assistance from anyone, much less a government.”
On Sunday two Republican lawmakers had hinted Snowden may’ve acted in concert with a foreign power, possibly Moscow. House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers, for one, said at a talk show that he didn’t think “it was a gee-whiz luck event that (Snowden) ended up in Moscow under the handling of the FSB” (Russian state security agency).
Michael McCaul, chairman of House Homeland Security Committee, said he could not say “definitively” that Russia was involved, “but I believe he was cultivated.” Meanwhile, Snowden is standing as a candidate for rector of Glasgow University in Scotland after students nominated him for exposing US intelligence secrets, the university said. agencies