The anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks said Sunday it is helping Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who exposed secrets about the federal government’s surveillance program, to seek asylum in Ecuador.
In a statement released Sunday, WikiLeaks said Snowden left Hong Kong legally and is “bound for the Republic of Ecuador via a safe route for the purposes of asylum.”
Ecuador’s foreign minister sent out a message on Twitter that appears to confirm the WikiLeaks statement, saying the government of Ecuador has received an asylum request from Snowden.
WikiLeaks also said Snowden is traveling with diplomats and legal advisers from the group.
“Mr. Snowden requested that WikiLeaks use its legal expertise and experience to secure his safety,” WikiLeaks said in a statement. “Once Mr. Snowden arrives in Ecuador his request will be formally processed.”
Snowden is believed to have taken a flight Sunday to Moscow from Hong Kong, where he had been in hiding since revealing information on classified spy programs.
A diplomatic vehicle displaying an Ecuadorean flag could be seen waiting outside the Moscow airport.
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