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Fugitive U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has rejected suggestions he was a Russian spy, saying he "clearly and unambiguously acted alone" in exposing U.S. surveillance programs.

In remarks published in "The New Yorker" magazine, the 30-year-old said he received "no assistance from anyone, much less a government."

On January 19, the head of the U.S. House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee, Mike Rogers, said he was investigating whether Snowden had help from Russia in stealing and revealing U.S. government secrets.

Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor, is wanted in the United States on treason charges for disclosing details of a U.S. intelligence operation that monitored millions of phone calls and e-mails across the world.

Russia granted Snowden temporary asylum in August.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP
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