Dec 7, 2013
Snowden Seeks Asylum in Ecuador
Posted on Jun 23, 2013
The NSA whistle-blower arrived in Moscow on Sunday after authorities in Hong Kong allowed him to leave despite a U.S. request for his arrest. In a statement, WikiLeaks said Edward Snowden was headed to a democratic country “via a safe route” for asylum purposes.
The pro-transparency group has been providing the 30-year-old with legal assistance and other aid at his request. Snowden has been hiding in Hong Kong since identifying himself as the source of disclosures of U.S. mass spying programs.
U.S. authorities disclosed Friday that Snowden had been charged with espionage, theft and conversion of government material. He had previously said he would remain in China to fight the American government in Hong Kong’s courts.
Snowden appears set to travel from Moscow to Cuba on Monday and then eventually on to Quito, Ecuador. Russian authorities said they knew nothing of his plans.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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