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NSA Whistleblower Leaves Hong Kong for Moscow

This photo provided by The Guardian Newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the National Security Agency, on Sunday, June 9, 2013, in Hong Kong. The Guardian identified Snowden as a source for its reports on intelligence programs after he asked the newspaper to do so on Sunday. (AP Photo/The Guardian)

This photo provided by The Guardian Newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the National Security Agency, on Sunday, June 9, 2013, in Hong Kong. The Guardian identified Snowden as a source for its reports on intelligence programs after he asked the newspaper to do so on Sunday. (AP Photo/The Guardian)

HONG KONG (AP) — The Hong Kong government says a former National Security Agency contractor wanted by the U.S. for revealing two highly classified surveillance programs has left for a “third country.”

The South China Morning Post reported Sunday that Edward Snowden was on a plane for Moscow, but that Russia was not his final destination. Snowden has talked of seeking asylum in Iceland.

Hong Kong said in a statement that it allowed Snowden to leave despite an extradition request from the U.S. because documents provided by the U.S. government did not “fully comply with the legal requirements under Hong Kong law.”

It said there was no legal basis to stop Snowden from leaving.

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  • bagpip

    Send the dirtbag home, our government will murder him in hours if not minutes.

  • robn

    Hope he gets to Iceland.

  • alpinequeen

    How is what Snowden did any different from Peter Buxtun’s exposure of the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiments between 1932 and 1972? Or from any of the many whistle blowers who have come forth to reveal the truth of secret and nefarious activities by governments and corporations at the risk of their lives or freedom? He is a hero.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_whistleblowers