Snowden reached out to Russia while in HK: Report
MOSCOW (AP) - US National Security Agency (NSA) leaker Edward Snowden spent two days in the Russian Consulate in Hong Kong directly before flying to Moscow on what turned out to be an abortive attempt to reach asylum in Latin America, the respected newspaper Kommersant reported on Monday, citing unidentified sources in Snowden's circle and the Russian government.
If true, this would suggest greater Russian involvement in his efforts to escape American justice than President Vladimir Putin's government has acknowledged. The newspaper also reported that Cuba was instrumental in blocking Snowden's further travels.
Snowden, a former NSA contractor who leaked information about the scope of US government surveillance, flew to Moscow on June 23, with a ticket that would take him on to Cuba the following day. From there he could travel to countries willing to offer him asylum, including Bolivia and Venezuela.
But he did not board the flight to Havana and remained in limbo until being granted asylum in Russia on Aug 1.