Edward Snowden caused "'tremendous damage" to national security according to House panel


Edward Snowden is no whistleblower, according to a new report from a United States House Subcommittee which accused the former contractor of doing "tremendous damage" to U.S. national security. 

The committee released just four pages of a much longer report, the rest of which is still classified according to Reuters. 

In the document, officials make the case against what appears to be growing support for Snowden — just hours before the report was released, Kenneth Roth of Human Rights Watch and Salil Shetty of Amnesty International co-authored a case for his pardon in the New York Times.

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"The public narrative popularized by Snowden and his allies is rife with falsehoods, exaggerations, and crucial omissions, a pattern that began before he stole 1.5 million sensitive documents," the report said. 

Most importantly, the document makes the case that Snowden is not a whistleblower. 

The U.S. affords special protections to people who release classified documents if they reveal, the report said, "fraud, waste, abuse, or other illegal activities."

It didn't take long for Snowden to dispute the allegations, immediately taking to Twitter with a series of rebuttals. 

Incidentally, Oliver Stone's biopic about Snowden hits theaters tomorrow