The anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks said Sunday it is helping Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who exposed secrets about the federal government’s surveillance program, to seek asylum in Ecuador.
The announcement came as a source confirmed to Fox News Saturday that the United States revoked Snowden’s passport.
“As is routine and consistent with US regulations, persons with felony arrest warrants are subject to having their passport revoked,” State Dept. spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement. “Such a revocation does not affect citizenship status. Persons wanted on felony charges, such as Mr. Snowden, should not be allowed to proceed in any further international travel, other than is necessary to return him to the United States. Because of the Privacy Act, we cannot comment on Mr. Snowden’s passport specifically.”
In a statement released Sunday, WikiLeaks said Snowden left Hong Kong legally and is “bound for the Republic of Ecuador via a safe route for the purposes of asylum.”
Ecuador’s foreign minister sent out a message on Twitter that appears to confirm the WikiLeaks statement, saying the government of Ecuador has received an asylum request from Snowden.
WikiLeaks also said Snowden is traveling with diplomats and legal advisers from the group.
“Mr. Snowden requested that WikiLeaks use its legal expertise and experience to secure his safety,” WikiLeaks said in a statement. “Once Mr. Snowden arrives in Ecuador his request will be formally processed.”
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