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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Investigators Believe Snowden May Have Stayed With A Russian In Hong Kong -- PatDollard.com, Fox News

li-snowden-wikileaks-046282Excerpted from FOX NEWS: Investigators do not believe Edward Snowden stayed at the Mira hotel in Hong Kong as he travelled from Hawaii to Russia last summer, but rather at the residence of a non-Chinese national, possibly a Russian, who is suspected of facilitating his travel to Moscow, a source familiar with the case tells Fox News.

The new allegation about Snowden’s contacts in Hong Kong comes as the leadership of the House and Senate intelligence committees also claimed the NSA leaker may have had help.

On the Sunday talk shows, the CIA’s former deputy director, Mike Morrell, along with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the Democratic head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, for the first time publicly weighed in on that possibility — though neither pointed to specific evidence.

“The disclosures that have been coming recently are very sophisticated in their content and sophisticated in their timing, almost too sophisticated for Mr. Snowden to be deciding on his own,” Morrell told “Face the Nation.”

“And it seems to me he might be getting some help.”

On “Meet the Press,” Feinstein responded to a similar line of questioning with, “He may well have. We don’t know at this stage.”

The claim that Snowden, who now has temporary asylum in Moscow, may not have acted alone was first reported by Fox News in early December based on an interview with Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. On Sunday, Rogers laid out his beliefs for a broad audience.

“Some of the things he did were above his technical capabilities. How he arranged travel before he left, how he was ready to go. I believe there’s a reason he ended up in the loving arms of an FSB agent in Moscow. I don’t think that’s a coincidence,” Rogers said on “Meet the Press.”

The Mira hotel did not respond to Fox’s questions about Snowden, which included whether he made the reservation himself, whether there was evidence he stayed at the hotel and used their facilities, and who settled the bill. 
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