US congressional panel blasts former NSA contractor Snowden

A US congressional intelligence committee has released a report condemning intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden for leaking information that “caused tremendous damage” to US national security nad urging President Barack Obama not to pardon him.

The House of Representatives intelligence committee issued the scathing report Thursday, saying that Snowden was “not a whistleblower” as he has claimed.  The report was endorsed by both its Republican and Democratic leaders.

Most of the material Snowden stole from the National Security Agency (NSA) while he worked at the spying agency was not about invasions of privacy, but disclosed intelligence and military programs of great interest to US adversaries, it said.

The report contains previously unreported allegations about Snowden and his possible motives for taking government secrets.

Snowden leaked thousands of classified intelligence documents in June 2013, revealing the extent of the NSA’s spying…

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