Reports: Edward Snowden Has Left Hong Kong

Edward Snowden has left Hong Kong on an Aeroflot flight to Moscow, according to the South China Morning Post. The Hong Kong government has confirmed that Snowden “left Hong Kong today,” in a statement released early Sunday morning.

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2. From the South China Morning Post:

US whistle-blower Edward Snowden has left Hong Kong and is due to arrive in Moscow by this evening, the South China Morning Post can confirm.

The former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, who was last known to be hiding in Hong Kong, took off from the city’s airport at 10.55am on Sunday morning and was en route to Moscow’s Shermetyevo International Airport. He is scheduled to arrive at 5.15pm.

The Post was able to confirm that Snowden had been on an Aeroflot SU213 flight and headed to Moscow.

Beijing Correspondent of the Daily Telegraph:

Statement says HK requested further information from US. Allowing Snowden a window to leave...

— MalcolmMoore (@malcolmmoore)

HK also says it has sent a formal letter to the US to ask it to fully explain its hacking activities in HK.

— MalcolmMoore (@malcolmmoore)

Update: Sunday, June 23, 2013 - 4:26 a.m. ET:

9. Full Statement from Hong Kong Government:

Update: Sunday, June 23, 2013 - 5:28 a.m. ET:

11. WikiLeaks claims to have assisted Snowden in his departure from Hong Kong:

FLASH: WikiLeaks has assisted Mr. Snowden's political asylum in a democratic country, travel papers ans safe exit from Hong Kong. More soon.

— wikileaks (@WikiLeaks)

FLASH: Mr. Snowden is currently over Russian airspace accompanied by WikiLeaks legal advisors.

— wikileaks (@WikiLeaks)

13. Russian President Putin’s spokesman:

"Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said on Sunday that he was unaware of Snowden's location or plans," (Reuters)

— niktwick (@Nikolaus von Twickel)

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