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NSA leaker denies providing China with classified data

Calls allegation a predictable smear by officials

WASHINGTON — Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who has confessed to disclosing troves of highly classified documents detailing American surveillance at home and abroad, said Monday that he had not given any classified materials to the government of China.

“This is a predictable smear that I anticipated before going public,” Snowden said, adding that such speculation was “intended to distract from the issue of US government misconduct.”

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