In an encrypted chat interview with The New Yorker (a sister publication of Ars Technica) on Tuesday, National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden fought back against unsubstantiated allegations by members of Congress that he is a Russian spy or collaborator.
Over the weekend, Rep. Mike Rogers, a Republican congressman from Michigan and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told Meet the Press that it was neither “coincidence” nor “a gee-whiz luck event that [Snowden] ended up in Moscow under the handling of the FSB,” referring to the Russian intelligence agency. Sen.
Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat who chairs the corresponding senate intelligence committee, also added: “He may well have [had help from Russia]. We don’t know at this stage.”
Yeah, yeah, of course we shouldn’t take him at his word, because he has a personal interest in this being true.
But, yeah, yeah, of course we should take the NSA, Rogers, and DiFi at their word, because they have no personal interest in seeing Snowden branded as a spy.