Ex-National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has asked for asylum in Ecuador, the South American country’s foreign ministry announced Sunday as the United States urged countries to rebuff the leaker.
Snowden’s story took a dramatic turn Sunday when he flew from Hong Kong to Moscow, aided by the international anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks. The group reported that Snowden had touched down in Moscow, and CNN spotted a car with diplomatic plates and an Ecuadorian flag at Moscow’s international airport.
But WikiLeaks, which facilitates the publication of classified information and says it’s helping Snowden, did not disclose what country would be his final destination.
The United States is asking Cuba, Ecuador and Venezuela not to let in Edward Snowden, who leaked information about NSA surveillance programs, a senior administration official told CNN on Sunday. The United States also is asking those countries — rumored to be possible final destinations for Snowden — to expel him if they do admit him, the official said.