Ex-NSA Contractor Who Leaked Secrets Seeks Asylum In Ecuador

MOSCOW (June 23, 2013)—Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor wanted by the United States for revealing highly classified surveillance programs, is going to Ecuador to seek asylum, the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks said.

The group said in a statement Sunday that 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."

WikiLeaks said in its statement Sunday that Snowden requested the group "use its legal expertise and experience to secure his safety."

Snowden left Hong Kong and arrived in Moscow Sunday morning, where it’s believed he’ll spend the night before flying to Cuba and then to Caracas, Venezuela.

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