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Snowden blames Congress for leaks

Ian Swanson
The Hill [1]
December 24, 2013

Edward Snowden says if Congress had been doing its job, he wouldn’t have needed to leak reams of classified material about National Security Agency programs.

In an interview with the Washington Post [2], Snowden singled out the leaders of the House and Senate Intelligence panels for allowing the executive branch to conduct the surveillance programs.

By neglecting their duties, the two effectively elected Snowden to take the responsibility of leaking the material, the former government contractor said.

Snowden said the question about who made him responsible for revealing the programs turns things on its head.

“That whole question — who elected you? — inverts the model,” he said. “They elected me. The overseers.”

“Dianne Feinstein elected me when she asked softball questions” in committee hearings, he said. “Mike Rogers elected me when he kept these programs hidden. . . . The FISA court elected me when they decided to legislate from the bench on things that were far beyond the mandate of what that court was ever intended to do.”

Full article here [1]