Snowden receives refugee document of passage from Ecuador

Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:10am EDT

(Reuters) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said on Monday that fugitive U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden had received refugee papers from the Ecuador government to secure him safe passage as he fled Hong Kong over the weekend.

"In relation to Hong Kong, Mr Snowden was supplied with a refugee document of passage by the Ecuadorean government," Assange told reporters from inside the Ecuador embassy in London where he has been himself hiding from arrest for more than a year.

Such papers did not necessarily mean that Snowden would be granted asylum in Ecuador, Assange said.

(Reporting by Rosalba O'Brien and Costas Pitas Writing by Maria Golovnina)

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Comments (6)
JAWJA wrote:
You Go, now, Ecuador! Thank you!

Jun 24, 2013 11:41am EDT  --  Report as abuse
BernieBBBBB wrote:
Maybe this is all part of a plan by Ecuador to attract computer specialists :)
That’s how the US got Einstein, they offered him asylum.
Or maybe I just like making up conspiracy theories :)

Jun 24, 2013 11:44am EDT  --  Report as abuse
jabberwolf wrote:
Very sad day when someone has to run from the USA to Russia for telling the USA people the truth. Snowden stands up for the 4th amendment while news sheep suckup to the NSA – even Fox.

Jun 24, 2013 11:47am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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