Aided by WikiLeaks, Edward Snowden leaves Hong Kong seeking asylum


Whistleblower Edward Snowden has left Hong Kong, according to an announcement from the Hong Kong government made Sunday afternoon. Hong Kong says that Snowden left “on his own accord for a third country through a lawful and normal channel,” and rebuffed extradition pressures from the United States, saying that “the documents provided by the US government did not fully comply with the legal requirements under Hong Kong law.” In the same statement, Hong Kong says it has formally requested clarification from the US about recent reports — facilitated by Snowden — that US government agencies hacked computer systems in Hong Kong.

In a separate statement issued today, WikiLeaks announced that it is assisting Snowden as he exits the…

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