Snowden: I’m Not A Russian Spy

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is insisting he acted alone in swiping classified documents from the agency before he fled the country.

“This ‘Russian spy’ push is absurd,” Snowden told the New Yorker in an interview published Tuesday, adding that he “clearly and unambiguously acted alone, with no assistance from anyone, much less a government.”

House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Rogers (R-MI) said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet The Press” that he was investigating whether Russia helped Snowden steal and publish government secrets, although he didn’t provide specific evidence to support that suggestion.

“I don’t think that’s a coincidence….I don’t think it was a gee-whiz luck event that he ended up in Moscow under the handling of the FSB,” Rogers said.

Snowden told the New Yorker that if he were working with Russia, he wouldn’t have stopped in Hong Kong first or spent 40 days in limbo inside Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport.

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

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