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Edward Snowden just excoriated his critics from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence for their quibbling report about the whistleblower, himself — which was just released in full for the first time.

In a series of 22 tweets, Snowden destroyed the flimsy conclusions of the costly three-year investigation, first tweeting:

“Unsurprising that HPSCI’s report is rifled with obvious falsehoods. The only surprise is how accidentally exonerating it is. 1/x”

“After three years of investigation and millions of dollars, they can present no evidence of harmful intent, foreign influence, or harm. Wow,” Snowden’s next tweet reads.

For such a lengthy investigation, HPSCI’s report seems surprisingly light — at a mere 37 pages, including 237 footnotes, the report would fit in an average manilla envelope — but the committee made up for that in “trifling” personal attacks for its “aggressively dishonest” report, as Pulitzer Prize-winner, Barton Gellman, described upon release of the executive summary in September.

He then tweeted the link to that article, describing Gellman’s analysis as a “takedown of several documented, provably false claims.”

False claims like the former NSA contractor “has had, and continues to have, contact with Russian intelligence services,” the report states, adding he “remains a guest of the Kremlin to this day.”

That coziness to Russian authorities — germane of late in the renewed Red Scare atmosphere gripping the U.S. political establishment — has been repeatedly denied by Snowden, as he wrote next,

“An indicator of HPSCI’s slant is the knowing omission of my strident, well-documented criticisms of Russian policy.”

Adding, “Despite this, they claim without evidence I’m in cahoots with Russian intel. Everyone knows this is false, but let’s examine their basis:”

Linking an article from the U.K.’s Express, he noted, “A quote from a Russian guy who just this week claimed NATO assassinated Russia’s Ambassador. Not kidding.”

During a speech at an art exhibit this week, Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov was assassinated in front of a small crowd — the bloody incident all captured on video by journalists covering the event. According to Express, “Senator Frants Klintsevich said the cold-blooded killing of Andrei Karlov, who died after being shot five times in the back, was a ‘planned action.’”

“It can be ISIS, or the Kurdish army which tries to hurt Erdogan,” Klintsevich posited, “But may be – and it is highly likely – that representatives of foreign NATO secret services are behind it.”

“Moreover,” he adds, “Klintsevich states clearly in the audio (which NPR omits from English translation) that he’s only speculating (‘Ya dumayu sto…’)”

As his propaganda-slaying rant continues, the whistleblower makes clear the number of factual errors the committee members fecklessly made in the document — including that he traveled to China while working for the U.S. government, attended a hacker conference, and then gushed about the oppressive country to fellow NSA employees.

“I could go on forever,” he contends. “It is an endless parade of falsity so unbelievable it comes across as parody. Yet unintentionally exonerating.”

Despite rife factual errors and thinly-masked personal attacks slipped between the lines, the document ultimately concludes Snowden was, indeed, prudent in transporting the documents out of the country.

But committee members do not appear to recognize the pieces of the report as a whole — or understand how it ultimately clears him of the worst wrongdoing.

Americans “can now get a fuller account of Edward Snowden’s crimes and the reckless disregard he has shown for US national security,” said committee chair Devin Nunes. That sentiment was echoed by NSA and Cybersecurity Subcommittee chairman Lynn Westmoreland, who asserted, “This extensive report shows Snowden is no hero, and that he should be brought to justice for his reckless actions.”

In the end, whatever enmity HPSCI members feel toward the whistleblower is of little relevance, as he hammered the last nail in a final tweet,

“Final note: HPSCI’s report admits I purged and abandoned hard drives rather than risk bringing them through Russia. Glad it’s settled.”


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