The House and Senate Intelligence Committee Chairs Disagree on Edward Snowden's Russian Ties

House Intelligence Committee chair Mike Rogers thinks Snowden is a spy. Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein says there's no evidence of this.

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On January 19's Meet the Press, House Intelligence Committee chair Mike Rogers said of NSA leaker Edward Snowden: "Let me just say this. I believe there's a reason he ended up in the hands, the loving arms, of an FSB agent in Moscow. I don’t think that’s a coincidence."

Rogers' senate counterpart, Dianne Feinstein, was also on the show but was less committal with regards to Snowden's allegiances, saying: "He may well have [had help from the Russians]. We don't know at this stage."

Today, she made things a bit clearer. She doesn't think Snowden had help.

Speaking to MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell, Feinstein said of Snowden's supposed Russian ties:

I have no information to that effect. I've never seen anything to that effect. I've asked some questions since and nothing's been forthcoming.

"A senior U.S. official familiar with the matter" said as much to Reuters. Snowden himself recently denied that he was working for Russia.

Rogers' spokeswoman told Reuters that he stands behind his statement, so the next joint committee meeting might be a bit awkward.

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