US wants cooperation of countries where Snowden may go

Agence France-Presse
The US Justice Department will cooperate with countries where former NSA computer technician Edward Snowden may travel

WHISTLEBLOWER. Edward Snowden speaks during an interview with British newspaper The Guardian in Hong Kong, June 6, 2013. Image courtesy of The Guardian/Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald

WASHINGTON, USA – The US Justice Department said Sunday, June 23, that it will seek the cooperation of law enforcement authorities in countries where former NSA computer technician Edward Snowden may travel.

Justice Department spokeswoman Nanda Chitre said Snowden had left Hong Kong “for a third country” despite a US extradition request.

“We will continue to discuss this matter with Hong Kong and pursue relevant law enforcement cooperation with other countries where Mr. Snowden may be attempting to travel,” Chitre said.

Snowden arrived in Moscow on Sunday en route to an undisclosed destination.

According to WikiLeaks, unidentified diplomats are escorting Snowden in his bid to secure political asylum in a country yet to be disclosed.

“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,” WikiLeaks said in a statement.

“He is bound for a democratic nation via a safe route for the purposes of asylum, and is being escorted by diplomats and legal advisors from WikiLeaks.”

According to Russian media, Snowden, 30, will head to Venezuela via Cuba. – Rappler.com