U.S. Annuls Passport of Espionage Suspect Edward Snowden’s

Julian Assange and Edward Snowden
Julian Assange and Edward Snowden

The United States government has officially revoked the U.S. passport of espionage suspect Edward Snowden.

A U.S. official on Sunday said Edward Snowden’s passport was annulled before he left Hong Kong for Russia. Snowden’s travel plans could be complicated – but not thwarted – by a lack of passport. The U.S. official said that if a senior official in a country or airline ordered it, a country could overlook the withdrawn passport.

Espionage suspect, Edward Snowden, departed Hong Kong for Moscow, on his mission to find a final destination that will give him a place of rest from the U.S. government. The former NSA contractor, now leaker, has been on the run since divulging privileged information about the governments expansive snooping program called PRISM.

Snowden’s ultimate destination was unknown, but Ricardo Patiño Aroca, Ecuador’s foreign minister, tweeted Sunday afternoon that his government had received a request for asylum from Snowden.  WikiLeaks released a statement  saying Snowden was “bound for the Republic of Ecuador via a safe route for the purposes of asylum.”

 

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