by Seth Fiegerman, Mashable:
Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who leaked secret information about the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs, left Hong Kong on Sunday, according to a statement from the Hong Kong government. Snowden reportedly boarded a flight from Hong Kong to Moscow, with plans to fly to a third country where he can take asylum.
Snowden’s departure comes two days after the United States formally charged him with espionage and requested that Hong Kong’s authorities put out a warrant for his arrest. However, Hong Kong’s government said in a statement Sunday that the documents filed by the U.S. “did not fully comply” with its legal requirements.
“As the HKSAR Government has yet to have sufficient information to process the request for provisional warrant or arrest, there is no legal basis to restrict Mr. Snowden from leaving Hong Kong,” the statement read. “The HKSAR Government has already informed the U.S. Government of Mr. Snowden’s departure.”
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