US to 'seek cooperation' with countries that Snowden is travelling to

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States Justice Department said on Sunday that it will seek the cooperation of law enforcement authorities in countries where former National Security Agency computer technician Edward Snowden may travel.

Justice Department spokesman Nanda Chitre said Snowden had left Hong Kong “for a third country” despite a US extradition request.

“We will continue to discuss this matter with Hong Kong and pursue relevant law enforcement cooperation with other countries where Mr. Snowden may be attempting to travel,” Ms Chitre said.

Snowden arrived in Moscow on Sunday en route to an undisclosed destination.

According to WikiLeaks, unidentified diplomats are escorting Snowden in his bid to secure political asylum in a country yet to be disclosed.

“Mr Edward Snowden, the American whistleblower who exposed evidence of a global surveillance regime conducted by US and UK intelligence agencies, has left Hong Kong legally,” WikiLeaks said in a statement.

“He is bound for a democratic nation via a safe route for the purposes of asylum, and is being escorted by diplomats and legal advisors from WikiLeaks.”

According to Russian media, Snowden, 30, will head to Venezuela via Cuba.