Developing news this Sunday morning as NSA leaker Edward Snowden left Hong Kong for parts unknown.

That’s right: He is being accompanied by WikiLeaks staff.

More from WikiLeaks’ Twitter account:

WikiLeaks’ full statement, issued Sunday morning:

Sunday June 23, 13:00


Mr Edward Snowden, the American whistleblower who exposed evidence of a global surveillance regime conducted by US and UK intelligence agencies, has left Hong Kong legally. He is bound for a democratic nation via a safe route for the purposes of asylum, and is being escorted by diplomats and legal advisors from WikiLeaks.

Mr Snowden requested that WikiLeaks use its legal expertise and experience to secure his safety. Once Mr Snowden arrives at his final destination his request will be formally processed.

Former Spanish Judge Mr Baltasar Garzon, legal director of Wikileaks and lawyer for Julian Assange has made the following statement:

“The WikiLeaks legal team and I are interested in preserving Mr Snowden’s rights and protecting him as a person. What is being done to Mr Snowden and to Mr Julian Assange – for making or facilitating disclosures in the public interest – is an assault against the people”.

His final destination has not been confirmed, but there are reports of an upcoming stop in Cuba with Venezuela as the final destination.

Americans on Twitter are questioning this latest move and rightly so.

Hey, some tour spots seem to be missing!


And a key point:


First stop, Moscow:

Twitchy will continue to update this developing story.



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