By Jeremy Herb - 06/10/13 11:02 PM EDT
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Monday said it would be “absolutely shocking” if Edward Snowden had access to the information he claims to have leaked.
“The idea that a 29-year-old individual with so little experience had access to this kind of information reminds me very much of the Wikileaks case,” Collins, a member of the Senate Intelligence panel, told reporters.
Snowden, 29, has said he was the source of stories in newspapers this week on two NSA programs: The first data mined U.S. telephone records, while the second scanned Internet servers for foreign information.
The consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton told The Guardian he was a covert CIA employee and was formerly in the Army Reserve.
Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said that she was open to examining whether changes should be made to the classified programs.
“There may be some changes to it. I think we ought to look at that,” she told reporters. “I'm certainly not averse to doing that.”