Edward Snowden Seeking Asylum In Ecuador

By Newsroom America Staff at 23 Jun 2013

(Newsroom America) -- WikiLeaks says former U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) analyst Edward Snowden is bound for the Republic of Ecuador via a "safe route" for the purposes of asylum.

Mr Snowden left Hong Kong on Sunday on his own accord for a third country "through a lawful and normal channel," according to the Hong Kong government.

US prosecutors had written to the Hong Kong Government seeking his extradition after charging him with theft and espionage.

But the Hong Kong government said the United States request "did not fully comply with the legal requirements under Hong Kong law", and there was "no legal basis" to restrict Mr Snowden from leaving Hong Kong.

Mr Snowden has landed in Russia where he was met by a diplomatic car.

WikiLeaks said Mr Snowden is being escorted by diplomats and legal advisors.

"Mr Snowden requested that WikiLeaks use its legal expertise and experience to secure his safety. Once Mr Snowden arrives in Ecuador his request will be formally processed," said WikiLeaks in a statement.

The United States is reportedly asking Cuba, Ecuador and Venezuela not to accept Mr Snowden and expel him if they do admit him.

On June 9, Edward Snowden revealed himself as the leaker of details of the National Security Agency's clandestine national security electronic surveillance program, PRISM, and has been releasing other classified information since.

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