Intelligence chairman on defense: Snowden under Russia's influence

Rep. Mike RogersMichael (Mike) Dennis RogersSenate panel breaks with House, says Russia sought to help Trump win in 2016 Hillicon Valley: Trump stuns lawmakers with push to help Chinese company | Facebook suspends 200 apps over data practices | Dems want answers on Cohen payments | Senate net neutrality vote coming Wednesday Senate panel invites Comey, former officials to briefing in Russia probe MORE (R-Mich.) on Sunday defended earlier claims that Edward Snowden has been collaborating with Russian intelligence agencies.

In January, Rogers said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he was investigating whether Snowden had help from Russia in stealing highly classified documents from the National Security Agency. 

Although Snowden called Rogers’s claim “absurd,” Rogers reiterated his suspicions on the show again on Sunday.  

“When you talk to the folks dealing with the investigation, they cannot rule it out,” said Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

All counterintelligence officials believe Snowden has been under the influence of Russian intelligence services, Rogers said.

“We believe he is. I certainly believe he is today,” he said. “For the investigators, they need to figure out when did that influence start?” 

Snowden has been living in Russia since last August, after its government granted him temporary asylum. 

Rogers said Snowden's support of “this very activity of brazen brutality in expansionism of Russia" indicates he is under Moscow's influence.

Rogers added, “I do believe there’s more to this story.”