Snowden is on the move & is believed to be on his way to Ecuador
POSTED: Monday, June 24, 2013 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Monday, June 24, 2013 - 8:15am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Edward Snowden is on the move this morning.
The man who says he leaked top-secret surveillance information may be headed to Ecuador to seek asylum.
U.S. officials are reportedly not too happy that Hong Kong let him go. At last report, Snowden boarded a flight to Moscow.
Edward Snowden is believed to be in Russia this morning, possibly headed for Cuba or Venezuela, on his way to Ecuador.
"He believes that it's vital that he stay out of the clutches of the U.S. Government. He is apparently is headed to a Democratic country that will grant him asylum from this persecution," said Glenn Greenwald, The Guardian.
Ecuador's foreign minister says they're reviewing an application for asylum. "We are analyzing it with a lot of responsibility and taking good care of it," said Ecuador's Foreign Minister, Ricardo Patino.
Ecuador had Wikileaks founder Julian Assange held up in its London embassy for almost a year.
Snowden slipped out of Hong Kong while they were requesting more paperwork from the U.S.
He was allowed to board a flight to Russia.
"Putin allowing Snowden to land in Russia and then go somewhere else, is going to have serious consequences for U.S.-Russian relationship," said Senator Chuck Schumer, New York.
"I'm sure they would love to have a little bit coffee and a few conversations with Mr. Snowden," said Rep. Mike Rogers, Michigan.
"I hope we'll chase him to the ends of the earth, bring him to justice and let the Russians know there will be consequences if they harbor this guy." Senator Lindsey Graham, South Carolina
Back in Washington, the National Security Agency is changing passwords and changing the way its people get information to prevent another leak.
"But at the end of the day, we have to trust that our people are going to do the right thing," said NSA Director, General Keith Alexander.