It is “hard to believe” Russia did not have a hand in Edward Snowden’s looting of documents and information from the National Security Agency, stated former CIA Director James Woolsey during a radio interview today.
Stated Woolsey: “I think it is very hard for me anyway, with my background over the years in helping fight the Cold War, to believe that the KGB, or FSB now I suppose, didn’t have some kind of hand in the early stages of this [Snowden affair] and his flight eventually to Russia and settling down in Russia at least for a year and so on.”
Woolsey was speaking on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s WABC.
Asked if he thinks Snowden was working with Russia while still inside the NSA, Woolsey told Klein, “I don’t know that for a fact, but every suspicious bone in my body on this one, given the history of it, points toward some Russian involvement.
“Whether before the fact or after the fact, we don’t know,” he added. “There is nothing one can do but speculate at this point, unless one is inside of the government doing the investigation.”
Last week, Snowden denied he was a spy for Russia following statements to that affect by some U.S. lawmakers.
Snowden told The New Yorker, “This ‘Russian spy’ push is absurd.”
Two weeks ago, Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Snowden was a “thief, who we believe had some help.”
Host David Gregory asked, “You think the Russians helped Ed Snowden?”
Rogers replied he doesn’t believe it was either a “coincidence” or “a gee-whiz luck event that he ended up in Moscow under the handling of the FSB.”
In his New Yorker interview, Snowden denied Rogers’ allegations outright, telling the magazine he “clearly and unambiguously acted alone, with no assistance from anyone, much less a government.”
He added, “It won’t stick. … Because it’s clearly false, and the American people are smarter than politicians think they are.”
Listen to the interview yourself below: