House report claims Edward Snowden ‘has contact’ with Russia spy agencies

Edward Snowden “has had and continues to have contact” with Russian intelligence services since arriving in Moscow three years ago, newly declassified portions of a congressional report released on Thursday claim.

The House intelligence committee released the declassified portions to provide what the panel’s chairman called “a fuller account of Edward Snowden’s crimes and the reckless disregard he has shown for US national security”.

The report is highly critical of Snowden, the former NSA contractor who revealed the scale of the NSA’s surveillance program, claiming that he did not attempt to communicate his concerns to his supervisors before providing the Guardian with top-secret NSA documents.

However, the report’s credibility was immediately condemned by Snowden’s lawyer Ben Wizner. He dismissed the report and insisted that Snowden acted to inform the public.

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