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PRISM whistleblower seeks asylum in Ecuador

Jun 23 2013, 9:17pm CDT | by , in News | Technology News

PRISM whistleblower seeks asylum in Ecuador

Following the combination of backlash and praise for Edward Snowden's recent whistleblowing, many were wondering how the 29-year old ex-NSA intelligence contractor will manage to keep himself free and alive amidst the growing threats.

The U.S. government has already filed a petition in Hong Kong to issue a provisional warrant of arrest against Snowden. But because the documents did not comply with Hong Kong's legal requirements, Hong Kong has asked the U.S. to provide more information, adding that there is no legal basis to restrict Snowden from leaving Hong Kong. The asian country is also asking the U.S. to clarify previous reports that it hacked several computer systems in Hong Kong.

On Sunday, the Hong Kong government said via a press release that Snowden left the country on his own accord to find refuge in a "third country through a lawful and normal channel." It turns out that Snowden has asked the help and support of WikiLeaks to assist him in seeking asylum in Ecuador.

WikiLeaks has confirmed the report saying, "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 the Republic of Ecuador via a safe route for the purposes of asylum, and is being escorted by diplomats and legal advisors from WikiLeaks," it added. 

Sources: HKSAR, WikiLeaks 

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