Snowden denies Russian aid in document theft

Jan 22, 2014, 9:20 AM EST
Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden poses for a photo during an interview in an undisclosed location in December 2013 in Moscow, Russia. Snowden who exposed extensive details of global electronic surveillance by the National Security Agency has been in Moscow since June 2012 after getting temporary asylum in order to evade prosecution by authorities in the U.S.
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NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden saw U.S. lawmakers suggest he was aided by the Russian government in the course of his document theft from his employers, and imply that he was an agent in the pay of Putin's intelligence services. Snowden calls the claims "absurd", but his accusers are proving persistent. 

Background:

Snowden denies he got help in swiping secret documents [USA Today]

Snowden to ask for police protection after threats [The Hindu]

Russia has nothing to do with Snowden's flight: lawyer [Voice of Russia]