Originally posted at 12:48
MOSCOW, June 23 (RIA Novosti) - Former US intelligence technician Edward Snowden is en route from Hong Kong to Moscow heading to a third destination, the French news agency AFP reported on Sunday, referring to the South China Morning Post.
“US whistle blower Edward Snowden has left Hong Kong and is on a commercial flight to Russia, but Moscow will not be his final destination,” the South China Morning Post said.
It has been previously reported that Snowden could seek political asylum in Iceland or Ecuador.
According to the newspaper, Snowden boarded Aeroflot Flight SU213, which is scheduled to land at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport at 5.15 pm local time (1.15 GMT).
Snowden, 30, who worked for US defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, hit the media spotlight in early June after he leaked to press information about an extensive surveillance program by the US government, which allegedly monitored phone and electronic conversations of millions of Americans.
A source close to Aeroflot told Prime news agency that Snowden was flying via Moscow to Cuba.
“He is flying to Moscow as a stopover and farther on to Cuba, the source said.
Russian ITAR-Tass news agency cited an unidentified Aeroflot official as saying Snowden would fly from Moscow to Cuba on Monday and then take a flight to Caracas, Venezuela.
The Hong Kong government announced on Sunday afternoon that it had allowed Snowden’s departure from its territory. The government statement said that Hong Kong had informed the United States of Snowden’s departure, The New York Times reported.
Snowden’s departure from Hong Kong, to which he moved from the United States before leaking top secret documents about US surveillance programs, comes as a setback for the US, which had been pressing Hong Kong to surrender him to American law enforcement officials.
The Hong Kong government said on Sunday in its first detailed statement about Snowden that the United States had made a legal request for a provisional warrant of arrest against Snowden but that the Hong Kong government had concluded that the request “did not fully comply with the legal requirements under Hong Kong law,” The New York Times said.
(Updates with paragraphs 6-11)
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- moistThat plane is now...14:37, 23/06/2013...11:30 CET over Chelyabinsk as has been designated the squawk code 0000 which is odd. That code should not be used according to European standards and usually stands for military interception or maybe surveillance in this case, it´s a valuable cargo....
- Panthera Parduswherever is heading to..16:45, 23/06/2013.. hopefully he will make lot of press conference and live streaming, we need to know all!
Snowden has given us all the possibility to get back our (long gone) freedom .. it may sound ironic since maybe is a Chinese or Russian agent but... MALA TEMPORA CURRUNT (it is Latin in case you are using google translator :-D )
- Wolfgang9Good Luck, Mr. Snowden,19:04, 23/06/2013for me you are a hero! And I hope you will survive. But that human trash in CIA and Mossad will do anything to kill you. Think of Bobby Fischer. He died of possibly poisened mineral water. In the end we are all alone.
Wolfgang, praying for you!
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