Wednesday, January 22, 2014

I acted alone: Snowden trashes ‘absurd’ Russian spy claim accusations

(RT) NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden dismissed as ‘absurd’ accusations from US lawmakers he might have spied on behalf of Russia when taking troves of classified US government documents, insisting he acted alone in a rare interview with the New Yorker.

Snowden told the magazine via encrypted means from Moscow that he “clearly and unambiguously acted alone, with no assistance from anyone, much less a government."

He added, “It won’t stick…. Because it’s clearly false, and the American people are smarter than politicians think they are.”

Snowden asks why would he have initially fled to Hong Kong, and why was he “stuck in the airport forever”, in reference to the forty days he spent stranded in the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport.

“Spies get treated better than that.”

Snowden’s statement follows accusations made by the Chairs of both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees on Sunday, insituating he might have collaborated with the FSB - the Russian successor organization to the Soviet-era KGB.

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