Whistle-blower update: Snowden lands in Moscow; WikiLeaker’s Gmail searched

A posting from CNET News in there Security section:

Several stories involving whistle-blower/espionage suspect Edward Snowden cropped up over the weekend, including word of a U.S. demand for his extradition and that he flew to Moscow Sunday, and is likely heading for another destination. And news of a Justice Department search of a former WikiLeaks volunteer’s Gmail account has also surfaced. Here’s a quick summary:

Snowden was allowed to leave Hong Kong because a U.S. extradition request did not fully comply with Hong Kong law. He landed in Moscow early Sunday morning, but his final destination is unclear. According to a report in the New York Times, he may be headed to Ecuador, Cuba or Venezuela. Via its statement on its website and on Twitter, WikiLeaks said that it provided assistance to Snowden in his search for political asylum, and that he landed in Moscow accompanied by WikiLeaks legal advisers.”

Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino tweeted: “The Government of Ecuador has received an asylum request from Edward J. #Snowden.” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been the guest of Ecuador’s embassy in London for just over a year.

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