The former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has remained in contact with the Russian intelligence services since his arrival in Moscow three years ago, according to a report on a congressional investigation released Thursday.
The House intelligence committee, published to provide the report, what is called the panel Chairman, “fuller account of Edward the crimes of Snowden, and the reckless disregard he has shown for the national security of the United States.”
In a rare example of bipartisanship, the panel of the top Republicans and Democrats joined in castigating Snowden who in 2013 revealed the U.S. government’s efforts to hack into the data pipelines used by U.S. companies to overseas customers. The programs, collected telephone metadata records of millions of Americans, and examines E-Mails from overseas.
To miss Snowden fled to Hong Kong and then to Russia, to the law enforcement.
Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the Committee Chairman, said that it “is caused last a long time, in order to mitigate the damage,” Snowden.
It is the Committee’s top Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff from California said, Snowden is not a whistleblower, as he and his defenders claim. “Most of the material that he stole had nothing to do with Amis, the privacy, and its compromise has been said to do great value to America’s adversaries and those who mean America harm,” the ship.
Publication of the report comes as the intelligence community has accused Russia of interfering in the US elections. Snowden supporters have pressed President Barack Obama to pardon him before he leaves office at the end of January. But the details in the intelligence committee ‘ s report, coupled with the intense focus on Russia, the Democratic E-Mails, hacking the might be the end of the push for a pardon.
Lisa Monaco, Obama’s adviser for homeland security and counterterrorism, said last year that Snowden should “come home to the United States and evaluated will not be hide by a jury of his peers-to behind the cover of an authoritarian regime. Right now, he’s running away from the consequences of his actions.”
The report pointed to statements in June 2016, by the Deputy Chairman of the defence and security Committee in the Russian Parliament’s upper house, claimed that “Snowden share intelligence” with the Russian government.