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Published: Wednesday 24 July, 2013

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MOSCOW: Fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden arrived in Russia Sunday on his way to Ecuador, hoping to win asylum and evade arrest after leaking sensational details of secret US surveillance programmes.

Snowdens globetrotting escape has compounded the crisis for Washington unleashed by his leaks about its global spying and hacking operations, and threatens to strain US relations with both Moscow and Beijing.

Snowden, the target of a US arrest warran longchamp tote outlet t issued Friday after the IT contractor leaked details of the programmes to the media, arrived in Moscow on a direct flight from Hong Kong and was expected to head to Ecuador via Cuba.

The US government called Hong Kongs decision to allow the former National Security Agency NSA contractor to travel troubling, as the State Department revoked his passport and ordered other countries to keep him from traveling.

Snowden, 30, landed at Moscows Sheremetyevo airport on a scheduled Aeroflot flight at 5.05 pm 1305 GMT, an AFP correspondent at the airport said.

He did not emerge into the main terminal area, where crowds of journalists quizzed his jetlagged and bewildered fellow passengers about whether they had seen the Snowden on the flight.

An airport source told Interfax that transit passenger Snowden was still at the airport. He would not be able to leave the airport even in a diplomatic car he has neither a standard nor a diplomatic visa, the official said.

AFP correspondents earlier saw an Ecuadoran flagged diplomatic car at VIP arrivals. The Ecuadoran ambassador to Moscow was reportedly at the airport to meet Snowden.

Airport officials said Snowden would spend the night in the Vozdushny Expr longchamp tote outlet ess capsule hotel inside the departures area ahead of his next flight.

Russian media reports cited sources within Aeroflot as saying he would fly onwards to Cuba on Monday. The SU 150 flight to Havana leaves at 1005 GMT.

Bound for Ecuador via a safe route

Initial reports said the man behind one of the most significant security breaches in US history would fly to the Venezuelan capital Caracas, but Ecuadors Foreign Minister said Snowden had asked Quito for asylum.

The South American country, led by outspoken leftist President Rafael Correa, has been sheltering WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is wanted by Sweden, at its London embassy for the past year.

The WikiLeaks website said it had helped organise Snowdens safe exit and confirmed he is bound for the Republic of Ecuador via a safe route for the purposes of asylum.

Russian officials said Snowden could still potentially make it to Ecuador without a valid US passport.

If he has asked for asylum in Ecuador then they could give him a refugee document or even Ecuadorian citizenship allowing him to continue his journey, a security source told Interfax.

Former Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon, legal director of WikiLeaks, condemned the pursuit of both Assange and Snowden as an assault against the people.

WikiLeaks confirmed that Snowden was accompanied by a British citizen named Sarah Harrison, whom it described as a journalist longchamp tote outlet and legal researcher working with the WikiLeaks legal team.

No legal basis to stop him leaving

Snowdens latest interview on Sunday contained new revelations about US cyberespionage against Chinese targets, drawing a stinging response from Chinas official news agency Xinhua, which branded Washington a spy villain.

In the latest revelations in the South China Morning Post, Snowden said the NSA was hacking Chinese mobile phone companies to gather data from millions of text messages.

He said US spies have also hacked the prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing home to one of six network backbones that route all of mainland Chinas Internet traffic and the Hong Kong headquarters of Pacnet, which operates one of the AsiaPacific regions largest fibreoptic networks.

Snowden abandoned his highpaying job in Hawaii and went to Hong Kong on May 20 to begin issuing a series of leaks on the NSA gathering of phone call logs and Internet data, triggering concern from governments around the world.

US President Barack Obamas administration, which on Friday unveiled charges including theft and espionage against Snowden, has insisted on the legality of the spy programmes and said they had helped foil some 50 terror plots.

Hong Kong, a special administrative region SAR under Chinese rule that has maintained its own Britishderived legal system, said it had informed Washington of Snowdens exit after determining that the documents provided by the US government did not fully comply with Hong Kong legal requirements.

As the HKSAR government has yet to have sufficient information to process the request for provisional warrant of arrest, there is no legal basis to restrict Mr Snowden from leaving Hong Kong, it said in a statement.

The US Justice Department insisted officials had fulfilled all the requirements of Washingtons extradition treaty with Hong Kong and were disappointed by the decision to let him go. longchamp tote outlet