Snowden to fly to Venezuelan capital Caracas via Moscow: Media

MOSCOW (AFP) - Former United States intelligence operative Edward Snowden was on his way to Caracas via Moscow on Sunday, the Russian media reported, quoting sources at airline Aeroflot.

"A passenger under that name will arrive in Moscow from Hong Kong today on flight SU213, and tomorrow, on June 24, he will fly to Havana on flight SU150," the state news agency ITAR-Tass quoted a source at the airline as saying.

"Also tomorrow, he will go to Caracas from Havana on a local flight."

In a post on its Twitter feed, WikiLeaks said Snowden was “accompanied by WikiLeaks legal advisors” on his flight from Hong Kong, which had refused to act on a US arrest warrant for the former contractor.

A source working for Aeroflot was quoted by Russian media as saying Snowden was flying together with Ms Sarah Harrison – a WikiLeaks employee.

Police at the airport where Snowden was expected to land told the Interfax news agency they did not plan to detain the former US operative.

“We have not received any instructions regarding this person, however he would need a valid visa to get onto the territory of Russia,” a police representative was quoted as saying.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said it was monitoring the situation.