IBU Executive Board finds no grouns to suspend Russia's biathlon teamSport January 21, 22:53
Russia terrified watching monuments destroyed in Palmyra — culture ministerRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 21, 17:08
Russian bombers deliver successfully strikes on terrorists' facilities in SyriaWorld January 21, 15:39
Denmark uses Russian data in its application for expanding shelf — ministerBusiness & Economy January 21, 15:15
Agreement on bases in Syria to serve strengthening of stability in Middle East — MPRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 20, 21:18
Trump's inaugural address: When America is united, America is totally unstoppableWorld January 20, 20:57
Hermitage chief: New Palmyra destruction comes across as militants' vengeanceRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 20, 20:29
Russia's first deputy PM wants to keep current tax system for next political cycleBusiness & Economy January 20, 19:53
Russia’s Shipulin clinches gold in 20km individual race of IBU World Cup stage in ItalySport January 20, 19:18
NEW YORK, January 29. /ITAR-TASS/. There is no evidence that Russia assisted ex-CIA employee Edward Snowden, who handed to media data on large-scale surveillance programs by US authorities. Chairperson of the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Dianne Feinstein made this statement in an interview to US-based TV outlet MSNBC.
January 19, in an interview to several American TV channels Feinstein and Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee of the US House of Representatives Mike Rogers stated that Russian secret services could cooperate with Snowden during his employment at NSA, which is in charge of electronic surveillance. At the same time, the lawmakers admitted that they had no precise data on this.
On a direct question whether Russia helped Snowden, Rogers then reacted: “Let me just say this. 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. We have questions that we have to answer.” Feinstein, in her turn, stated that Snowden “may well have” been aided by Russians.
Later, many representatives of the US administration told media on condition of anonymity that there was no evidence of Russia’s involvement in Snowden’s activities.
On the previous week, Snowden himself in an interview to The New Yorker magazine gave an outright denial to speculations of US lawmakers. He stressed that he was acting alone, and nobody aided him, far less any government. All attempts to present him as Russia’s agent the NSA leaker called absurd and lies.
In the US, Snowden is charged of two felonies under the Espionage Act of 1917: Unauthorized Communication of National Defense Information and Willful Communication of Classified Intelligence Information to an Unauthorized Person. In addition, he is accused of theft of government property. Under each article, he may face up to 10 years in jail.