Lawyer says declassified segments of report paint an entirely fictional portrait and Snowden adds: The only amaze is how accidentally exonerating it is
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 panels chairperson called a fuller account of Edward Snowdens 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 NSAs 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 reports credibility was instantly condemned by Snowdens lawyer Ben Wizner. He rejected the report and was of the view that Snowden acted to inform the public.
The House committee spent three years and millions of dollars in a failed attempt to discredit Edward Snowden, whose actions led to the most significant intelligence the restructuring of a generation, Wizner said. The report wholly dismisses Snowdens repeated and courageous criticism of Russian monitoring and censorship laws. It blends demonstrable falsities with deceptive inferences to paint an entirely fictional portrait of an American whistleblower.
The political motivating of such reports was called into question in September when a four-page executive summary was released on the eve of the premiere of Oliver Stones biopic on the whistleblower, claiming that Snowden injury national security, without providing evidence to support the claim.
Barton Gellman, the three-time Pulitzer prize winner who use Edward Snowdens revealings in his reporting on the NSA while at the Washington Post, dismantled the reports claims when the executive heads summing-up was published, calling it aggressively dishonest and trifling.
On Thursday as the declassified portions of the report were published in full, Snowden, the former national security whistleblower, pushed back further against the accusations in a series of tweets.
Unsurprising that HPSCIs report is rifled with obvious falsehoods. The only amaze is how accidentally exonerating it is, Snowden tweeted.