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The unanswered question at the open hearing, which was held after Monday’s closed hearing, is whether Russian intelligence is controlling Mr. Snowden and has gained access to his stolen secrets. The answer appears to be yes.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Illinois Democrat, bluntly asked Mr. Clapper: “Do you have any concrete intelligence of a relationship between Snowden and the Russian government in regard to the stolen documents?”

“That’s best discussed in a closed session, as we discussed last night,” Mr. Clapper said.

Progress on Benghazi

FBI Director James B. Comey told Congress Tuesday that FBI agents investigating the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, are making progress. But he would not say when any arrests, captures or targeted killings of the perpetrators would take place.

Rep. Jeff Miller, Florida Republican, asked during a hearing of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence when “somebody will be held responsible for the murders in Benghazi.”

Four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stephens, were killed in the attacks on the Benghazi compound and a nearby CIA facility.

Mr. Comey said the Benghazi probe is a top FBI priority.

“We’ve made progress on the matter,” he said. “I’m not at liberty to talk about the details of that progress. It’s a difficult investigation, but one we’ve invested a lot of resources in and that we’ve made headway on.”

“And when can we expect some movement? Captured, killed, detained,” Mr. Miller said.

“Yeah, I’m not in a position to answer that at this point,” Mr. Comey said.

“Are we going to?” the congressman said.

“We will do everything in our power to make that happen,” the FBI director said. “We will never give up on this matter until we have the people responsible in our custody.”

Al Qaeda in Afghanistan

The director of the National Counterterrorism Center told Congress on Tuesday that he is concerned that al Qaeda’s core will regroup and strengthen its terrorism capabilities in Afghanistan.

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