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NSA Leaker Snowden’s Passport Revoked

Travel-plane3WASHINGTON (AP) — The former National Security Agency contractor who disclosed a highly classified surveillance program has had his U.S. passport revoked.

A U.S. official on Sunday said Edward Snowden’s passport was annulled before he left Hong Kong for Russia. Snowden’s travel plans could be complicated — but not thwarted — by a lack of passport. The U.S. official said that if a senior official in a country or airline ordered it, a country could overlook the withdrawn passport.

The former contractor is said to be in Moscow and his allies at anti-secrecy WikiLeaks say Snowden is bound for Ecuador. The foreign minister there says he has requested asylum.

The U.S. official would only discuss the passport on the condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the matter.

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  • bagpip

    I guess I don’t understand the purpose of wikileaks. I THOUGHT it was to expose secrets, not to help spies escape justice. If they are physically aiding a spy to escape, they should be charged as accomplices.

  • alpinequeen

    According to the WikiLeaks website, its goal is “to bring important news and information to the public… One of our most important activities is to publish original source material alongside our news stories so readers and historians alike can see evidence of the truth.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikileaks#Purpose

    Another of the organization’s goals is to ensure that journalists and “whistle-blowers” are not jailed for emailing sensitive or classified documents. The online “drop box” (currently not functioning) was designed to “provide an innovative, secure and anonymous way for sources to leak information to our journalists.”