HONG KONG (AFP) - Former US intelligence technician Edward Snowden is en route from Hong Kong to Moscow heading to a third destination, the South China Morning Post reported on Sunday.
"US whistleblower Edward Snowden has left Hong Kong on an Aeroflot flight to Moscow, credible sources have confirmed to the South China Morning Post," the newspaper, which has carried exclusive interviews with Snowden in Hong Kong, said in a brief report on its website.
"Moscow will not be his final destination," it said, raising the possibility of Iceland or Ecuador as Snowden's final destination.
Officials at Hong Kong's airport authority and immigration department refused to comment to AFP. The Russian consulate could not be reached for comment.
Snowden flew out of Hong Kong on Sunday morning on board Aeroflot SU213 flight, the SCMP said. The flight is due to land at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport at 5.05pm (9.05 pm Singapore time), according to the airline's website.
His reported departure came despite a US arrest warrant and extradition request to authorities in Hong Kong, where the former contractor with the National Security Agency came on May 20.