In a statement published March 26 in the Washington Examiner, Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) says there is “no doubt” that National Security (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden is “working for Russia.”
Heaping hyperbole on unsubstantiated accusations of treason, McCain calls the Snowden leaks “our real problem.”
“I know that Mr. Putin is hospitable, but he usually wants somebody to pay the rent," McCain added, as quoted in the Examiner.
McCain’s not alone in his hysteria, however.
The NSA’s congressional water carrier Representative Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) blamed the situation in Crimea on Snowden’s alleged treachery. As reported by NBC News:
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said Sunday former National Security Agency contractor and fugitive Edward Snowden is “actually supporting in an odd way this very activity of brazen brutality and expansionism of Russia. He needs to understand that. And I think Americans need to understand that.”
“I see all the intelligence and all the evidence from everything from his activities leading up to this event to very suspicious activity during the event,” Rogers said. “And so when you talk to the folks who are doing the investigation, they cannot rule it out,” he added during the appearance on Meet the Press on March 23.
Actually, it has been ruled out.
Rogers should spend less time searching for reasons to support the scrapping of the Fourth Amendment and more time reading official investigations into Snowden’s suspected cooperation with a foreign nation.
Both Rick Ledgett, the NSA official in charge of investigating Snowden’s activities, and the team performing the same task at the FBI have stated publicly there is no evidence that Snowden was in some joint venture with anyone overseas.
Specifically, the NSA has said:
The NSA's internal review has determined about 98 percent of the scope of the material that Snowden had accessed, and officials have found no evidence that he had help either within the NSA or from adversary spy agencies.
And, from the FBI:
According to senior government officials, F.B.I. agents from the bureau’s Washington field office, who are leading the investigation, believe that Mr. Snowden methodically downloaded the files over several months while working as a government contractor at the Hawaii facility. They also believe that he worked alone, the officials said.
Not surprisingly, neither McCain nor Rogers has responded to requests from The New American and other media outlets to provide evidence of their libelous accusations.
Time magazine reports receiving the following explanation from Rogers’s office:
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