Rep. Peter King (R-NY) expressed strong suspicions on Friday that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden may be in cahoots with the Chinese government.
The New York Republican pointed to Snowden’s Chinese language studies and the fact that he fled to Hong Kong as potential red flags.
“There’s a lot of reason for suspicion,” King said during an appearance on MSNBC. “First of all, the fact that he transferred money to China. The fact that he studied Chinese. The fact that his girlfriend had some connections to China. The fact that, of all countries in the world, he went to China and he arranged to have the papers, or his documents, released on the same weekend that President Obama was meeting with the president of China. And why he’s still in China, what is Chinese intelligence doing with all this. Listen, there’s no definitive proof yet but it’s something that has to be investigated fully. And my belief is that it is being fully investigated.”
King has issued several forceful responses after details of the NSA’s sweeping surveillance programs came to light. On Wednesday, the longtime congressman called for legal action to be brought against The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald, who broke the stories on the programs.