WikiLeaks: Snowden going to Ecuador to seek asylum

2:09 PM, Jun 23, 2013   |    comments
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MOSCOW (AP) - Anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks says a former National Security Agency contractor wanted by the United States for revealing highly classified surveillance programs is going to Ecuador to seek asylum.

The group said in a statement Sunday that Edward Snowden is "bound for the Republic of Ecuador via a safe route for the purposes of asylum, and is being escorted by diplomats and legal advisors from WikiLeaks."

Russian news agencies say Snowden has flown from Hong Kong to Moscow, where he planned to spend the night at the airport before flying on to Cuba tomorrow.

Hong Kong says it let Snowden leave because a U.S. extradition request didn't fully comply with Hong Kong laws.

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