Former contractor NSA Edward Snowden had contact since his arrival in Moscow with the Russian special services and continues to have contact with them to this day. To this conclusion came the intelligence Committee at the US Congress, reports Reuters.
Thursday, December 22, was issued a declassified report summarizing the investigation of the intelligence Committee in the Congress of the United States against Edward Snowden. The published text of the report contains 37 pages, of which, after the declassification remains redacted.
A large part of Chapter devoted to Snowden’s contact with Russian intelligence services, painted black, with the exception of the claim that since his arrival in Moscow, Snowden “had and continues to have contacts” with the Russian special services, as well as a piece of text that says “16 June 2016 Deputy Chairman of the Committee on defense and security of the Russian Parliament said that Snowden had shared intelligence information with it (i.e., Russian. — ) by the government.”
The state Duma has commented on a piece of report that supposedly applies to statements not named in the text of the report of the Deputy Chairman of the Duma Committee on defense. The first Deputy Chairman of the Duma Committee on defense Andrei Krasov called this statement “blah-blah”, and the Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on defense and security Frants Klintsevich — “provocation”, reports “RIA Novosti”.
In addition, the report States that over the past three years, the intelligence Committee and the Pentagon are independently from each other and by different techniques studied half a million documents stolen by Snowden, and came to the conclusion that, although it is still unclear which of these documents was in the hands of foreign governments, the Pentagon was able to identify the “13 areas of concern, representing a high degree of risk”. If the information on eight of these problems will be in the hands of the Russian or Chinese governments, according to the U.S. military, this can lead to the fact that American troops will be “at risk” in future [military] conflicts.
Snowden lawyer Ben wizner in his Twitter account called it “annoying.” However, he put in his links to the materials in which the report dealt in detail and named “very bad” and “terrible.”
Snowden himself commented on the publication of the full text of the report in his Twitter account.
“After three years of investigation and millions of dollars spent, they did not provide evidence of intent to damage, foreign influence, or real harm,” wrote Snowden.
Earlier, in September 2016, was published declassified summary of the report (the first three pages of the document) in which the legislators summed up the result of their work. In particular, they came to the conclusion that Snowden caused enormous damage to national security by stealing documents, “the vast majority” which has no relation to software relating to the collection of private information about U.S. citizens, and are related to the programs of the military departments and of great interest to the enemies of the country. In addition, the Commission came to the conclusion that the actions of Snowden does not fall under the definition of the actions of “whistleblowers” making a disclosure of classified information in the public interest, and he is a “serial preuvelicheniem” and systemic liar, constantly making up about non-existent facts and attributing different education and career goals.
Edward Snowden arrived in Moscow from Hong Kong on 23 June 2013 after he revealed to a wide audience information about the data storage Network users and mobile listening of negotiations by U.S. intelligence agencies. He gave the archive documents of the American special services a number of Western journalists that on the basis of this major dossier published figures on wiretapping the phones of world leaders and spying on high-ranking European officials.
After a ten-day stay in the transit area of the Sheremetyevo airport, Snowden asked for temporary asylum in Russia on August 1, 2014 received a residence permit in the country. In October 2015, he announced his readiness to return to the US to stand trial.