House Intel Panel: Edward Snowden 'Was No Whistleblower'
Summarizing its investigation of Edward Snowden, the House Intelligence Committee says the former National Security Agency contractor did tremendous damage to the U.S.
The committee published the summary findings of a two-year investigation Thursday as a new film about Snowden opens across the country.
Snowden stole 1.5 million classified government documents that he had access to as an NSA contractor. He then fled to Russia via Hong Kong.
As NPR's David Welna reports:
"Most major congressional reports are rolled out with news conferences, floor speeches and press releases. Not this one. There is only a three-page unclassified summary of the House Intelligence Committee's actual 36-page report, which remains classified.
"[Devin Nunes, R-Calif., chairman of the panel]: The report is based on facts, so it's just all the facts that we gathered over a two-year process, and the report ... I think, speaks for itself."
The summary is available here. It contains five major points:
The committee unanimously voted to endorse the report, and all members signed a letter to President Obama urging him not to pardon Snowden.
The committee's report may or may not have anything to do with the release of the new biopic Snowden, directed by Oliver Stone and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the title role.
David also reports that committee member Tom Rooney, R-Fla., was especially bothered by the trailer he has seen for the movie:
"Welna: The Edward Snowden portrayed in that trailer by actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rooney says, is not the serial exaggerator and fabricator the committee's report says he is.
"Rooney: He was like this little guy fighting this behemoth of oppressive government, when that's exact, not at all what it was. But, you know, I guess it makes for good, uh, cinema.
"[Welna] — Do you plan to see the movie?
"-- Absolutely. I absolutely will see the movie."
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