VOA News – Former U.S. national security contractor Edward Snowden is rejecting suggestions he is a Russian spy, saying he acted alone in leaking details about the American government’s clandestine surveillance programs.
One lawmaker who oversees U.S. intelligence operations, congressman Mike Rogers, said it is no coincidence that Snowden is living in Russia.
“I believe there’s a reason he ended up in the hands, the loving arms of an FSB agent in Moscow. I don’t think that’s a coincidence.”
In rejecting the suggestion, Snowden noted that he first traveled to Hong Kong and was held in a Moscow airport for 40 days, with the intention of leaving for Latin America before the U.S. revoked his passport.
He told the magazine, “Spies get treated better than that.”