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NSA whistleblower Snowden leaves Hong Kong

The U.S. whistleblower who exposed the National Security Agency’s secret domestic surveillance program left Hong Kong.
WikiLeaks tweeted this morning that Edward Snowden left Hong Kong overnight accompanied by WikiLeaks legal advisors on an Aeroflot Airlines flight to Moscow, Russia.

A statement released by WikiLeaks said “He is bound for a democratic nation via a safe route for the purposes of asylum… Mr. Snowden requested that WikiLeaks use its legal expertise and experience to secure his safety. Once Mr Snowden arrives at his final destination his request will be formally processed.”

The Hong Kong government released a statement saying Snowden left the country on his “own accord” hours after the U.S. government asked Hong Kong officials to extradite him.

Hong Kong officials said the documents filed by the U.S. did not comply with requirements in Hong Kong and they had no grounds to keep Snowden from leaving.
Snowden’s final destination is not yet known but there are media reports that Snowden will fly from Russia to Cuba on Monday.
Snowden faces charges of espionage and theft of government property. Snowden has admitted in interviews he was the source behind the leaking of classified documents about the NSA’s surveillance programs.

President Barack Obama, top legislators and national security officials defend the surveillance programs as necessary to combat terrorism and argue that some privacy must be sacrificed in a balanced approach.


6 Comments to “NSA whistleblower Snowden leaves Hong Kong”

    Samuel R Kephart said:
    June 23, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    The depth of connections between high-tech corporate America and the NSA is not being fully revealed; we’re being lied to daily.

    If you want to know what’s REALLY going and with all your personal data and what the NSA’s goal is, read this:

    AnAmerican said:
    June 23, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Snowden is a traitor. Enough said.

      Jock E Shift said:
      June 23, 2013 at 4:06 PM

      So is anyone affiliated with Wikileaks Julian Assange should be shot.

    An American Too said:
    June 23, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Snowden is most certainly not a traitor. No privacy needs to be sacrificed in the name of "safety" – wake up! Our rights are stripped away everyday.

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