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NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden: ‘I have no relationship’ with Russia at all

Above: Edward Snowden speaking on NBC on May 28, 2014.

Image Credit: Screenshot from NBC video

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden tonight formally denied all claims that he has aided the Russian government.

“I have no relationship with the Russian government at all,” claimed Snowden during his first American television interview. “I’ve never met the Russian president. I’m not supported by the Russian government. I’m not a spy,” he claimed.

Reiterating past claims, Snowden stated that Russia could not compromise any information because he carried no documents with him to Russia. Snowden claimed that he instead opted to destroy information before traveling to Russia and is not able to remotely access leaked documents.

Snowden’s statements contradict the claims of numerous U.S. officials as well as audacious statements made by former KGB Major General Oleg Kalugin.

Early claims from Congressman Michael McCaul, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Lieutenant-General Michael Flynn, and Congressman Mike Rogers suggested that Snowden shared documents with Russia upon his arrival to Moscow. Later, former NSA Director Michael V. Hayden told VentureBeat that he “would lose all respect for Russia if they haven’t fully exploited Snowden.”

Yet no evidence of such an exchange has emerged.

During the same interview, Snowden stated that the NSA said ‘stop asking questions’ after he raised concerns.

18 comments
Eric Chan
Eric Chan

No one should trust anything that the NSA tells you unless a 3rd party can fact check those claims.

Eric Chan
Eric Chan

Sharmon, did you know the extent of the overreach? You are lying if you do. Did you even watch the interview?

Eric Chan
Eric Chan

No one actually knows what he leaked other than he unclassified some documents. Hence he must be a bad guy. Wow, I wonder how many brain cells it took to arrive at that conclusion ... Of course he has contacted the Russians. How else would he get to stay in Russia? What is the point of nick picking? Why would he leak anything to the Russians? They'll just kill him after they extract the info from him. It is smart of him not to have anything on him or have access to the info. No one dates to say it, but it's obvious that he's got a very high IQ and very articulate. Anyone who continue to belittle him by using words like "naive, dumb, young" are just people who are not confident in their arguments, so they resort to name calling. Sad

Rob Crane
Rob Crane

Hey fuckstick - ask Alexander Litvinenko what the Russians think about people who share intel

Cody Young
Cody Young

This isn't East Berlin. Besides, what point would there be? Damage is done and he isn't in a position to do any more, fuck him.

Martin Burns
Martin Burns

Because, yeah... there's just no way he'd have talked to the Russians. While in Russia. On their nickel. In their housing. Yeah. Totally believable...

Treachant Opposition
Treachant Opposition

If you think all the thousands of documents he released are about the government recording us then you're a stupid prick.

Sharmon M. Jones
Sharmon M. Jones

Who cares?! He's a traitor. You think we didn't know the government has been recording us for years? I thought everyone knew that. He ran to the enemy. He compromised US security. I'm stunned they haven't 'merc'd' him yet.

Treachant Opposition
Treachant Opposition

Why aren't any of you focusing on the documents he revealed and what they contain?

Alex Redman
Alex Redman

how can the NSA's unrealistic faux-technical propaganda and lies via lapdog snowden help the russians? the goal was psychological warfare against the american public for profit, and they succeeded. this filing clerk turned messengerboy is simply on a paid vacation in russia with personal mercs. his bosses at the NSA promised him a nobel prize and safe return, but after all his ad libbing, the deal has changed and no longer suits them... the order has been given to promote the "tall white alien" claims.. i wonder how the media will deal with that? are you going to say thats a fact too, without fact checking, like you have done with all their other claims to impossible technologies? ideations without implementation is delusion and thats what snowden is selling. enjoy your propaganda, folks. you deserve it

Matt Zeltser
Matt Zeltser

Call me crazy but I find it almost impossible that he hasent had contact with the Russian government.

Klancy Kennedy
Klancy Kennedy

But... he should aid the Russians. That right there would be a fine career. Everybody knows that the US will never pardon him for revealing that the US has committed crimes against the world. He's trained and informed, he'd make a great info agent.

Chris McNab
Chris McNab

please stop trying to cover this non-starter of a story already; you're simply embarrassing yourselves.