Congressman Mike Rogers and Senator Dianne Feinstein suggested that NSA contractor and leaker Edward Snowden may have been working for foreign intelligence agencies. The New York Times:
On Sunday, Mr. Rogers appeared to hinge many of his suspicions about Mr. Snowden on a recent Defense Intelligence Agency report that he has described in other interviews as concluding that Mr. Snowden stole about 1.7 million intelligence files that concern vital operations of the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. He said that it would cost billions of dollars to change operations because of the security breaches.
The defense intelligence report remains classified, though some members of Congress have been briefed on it in recent weeks.
“I don’t think it was a gee-whiz luck event that he ended up in Moscow under the handling of the F.S.B.,” Mr. Rogers said on the NBC program “Meet the Press,” referring to the Federal Security Service, the Russian state security organization that succeeded the K.G.B.
If Russian intelligence was in contact with Snowden and helped him before this “martyr for freedom” took up residence in the civil liberties paradise of Putin’s Russia, we’ve got a big scandal on our hands and a major diplomatic problem. The scandal is that, while it is already evident from the Manning and Snowden cases that the government is unable to manage its internal security portfolio effectively, somebody really hasn’t been doing their job if it turns out that the United States missed Russian agents working with someone who had this kind of access. It’s not quite a Hall of Fame-worthy failure like ignorantly unrolling a broken website for your most high-profile domestic policy program, but it’s getting close.And of course there’s the question of the relationship with Russia. If anything, Administration diplomacy has been growing increasingly dependent on the Russian connection: the bailout from the self-inflicted and gratuitous meltdown of our Syria policy, and hope for similar Russian help in the Geneva Syria negotiations and, now, in the Iranian nuclear talks. There are already lots of good reasons to wonder whether Vladimir Putin really wants to help the United States with its international problems. His attitude on the Snowden case, meanwhile, has been the opposite of helpful.If Rogers and Feinstein are right, it will be abundantly clear that the United States is being played for a patsy.