The former government contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked U.S. national security documents, has left Hong Kong and flown to Moscow, according to many news reports.
He may be headed to Cuba and then Venezuela.
Kelvin Chan of The Associated Press reports that, according to Russia’s state ITAR-Tass news agency, the 30-year-old ex-Booz Allen employee intends to fly to Cuba on Monday and then on to Caracas, Venezuela. (Previously, Snowden expressed a desire to seek asylum in Iceland.)
“He chose such a complex route in the hope that he will not be detained and he will be able to reach his final destination — Venezuela — unhindered,” a person “familiar with the situation” told Russia’s Interfax news service.
Before his identity was revealed on June 9, Snowden chose to flee to Hong Kong because he said it was a place “with the legal framework to allow me to work without being immediately detained.”
On Friday the U.S. revealed it had filing three criminal charges against him and asked the Hong Kong police to detain Snowden under a joint extradition treaty.
Instead he decided to bolt for Russia while the request made its way through Hong Kong’s convoluted extradition process.
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