In particular, the chairman of the House panel at the time that it opened the Snowden investigation, Representative Mike Rogers, Republican of Michigan, who is no longer in Congress, repeatedly insinuated that Mr. Snowden was a spy for Russia. But executive branch officials have said that they have never found evidence that he had been working with or for anyone else. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/16/us/politics/edward-snowden-no-pardon-house-intelligence.html
9-16-16 House Intel Comm. Snowden report–none of which we may read, because it “must remain classified.” ….It is one more dispiriting commentary on the state of legislative oversight that the committee’s twenty-two members, Republican and Democratic, were unanimous in signing their names.
A reminder at the outset. I am one of four journalists (with Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald, and Ewen MacAskill) who received classified archives of NSA documents from Snowden. I am writing a book on the subject for Penguin Press. Feel free to consider, as you read this, that my stories in The Washington Post played a role in the disclosures that the Committee is at pains to denounce….
Since I’m on record claiming the report is dishonest, let’s skip straight to the fourth section. That’s the one that describes Snowden as “a serial exaggerator and fabricator,” with “a pattern of intentional lying.”
House Intel report:
“He claimed to have obtained a high school degree equivalent when in fact he never did.”
“He claimed to have worked for the CIA as a ‘senior advisor,’ which was a gross exaggeration of his entry-level duties as a computer technician.”
According to the official Maryland State Department of Education test report, which I have reviewed, Snowden sat for the high school equivalency test on May 4, 2004. He needed a score of 2250 to pass. He scored 3550….Snowden was selected for and spent six months in training as a telecommunications information security officer, responsible for all classified technology in U.S. embassies overseas. The CIA deployed him to Geneva under diplomatic cover, complete with an alias identity and a badge describing him as a State Department attache. In his third CIA job, the title on his Dell business card was “solutions consultant / cyber referent” for the intelligence community writ large—the company’s principal point of contact for cyber contracts and proposals. In that role, Snowden met regularly with the chiefs and deputy chiefs of the CIA’s technical branches to talk through their cutting edge computer needs….
“In May 2013, Snowden informed his supervisor that he would be out of the office to receive treatment for worsening epilepsy. In reality, he was on his way to Hong Kong with stolen secrets.”
True! When Snowden decided to leave the NSA with a cache of documents for public release, he gave a false cover story for his absence.
That’s it. That’s the Committee’s whole case for Snowden as big fat liar. I won’t belabor the irony, but let’s note in passing that four of the six claims are egregiously false, and a fifth is hard to credit. We can only hope the classified report, which boasts 230 footnotes, has better evidence. -Barton Gellman https://tcf.org/content/commentary/house-intelligence-committees-terrible-horrible-bad-snowden-report/
Wells Fargo case 9-20-16