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Published: Thursday 15 August, 2013

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Washington is scrambling to stop fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden as he is expected to head for asylum in Ecuador after arriving in Moscow.



His 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 warrant issued on Friday after the IT contractor leaked details of US cyberespionage programs to the media, arrived in Moscow on Sunday 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 had revoked his passport and ordered other countries to prevent him from travelling.



Snowden, 30, landed at Moscows Sheremetyevo airport on a scheduled Aeroflot flight at 5.05pm 2305 AEST on Sunday, 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 news agency that transit passenger Snowden had remained within 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 Ecuadorian flagged diplomatic car at VIP arrivals. The Ecuadorian ambassador to Moscow was reportedly at the airport to meet Snowden.



Airport officials said Snowden was spending Sunday night in the Vozdushny Express capsule hotel inside the departures area ahead of his next flight.



Russian media reports cited sources within Aeroflot as saying he would fly to Cuba on Monday. The SU 150 flight to Havana leaves at 1005 GMT 2005 AEST.



Russian officials said Snowden could stil longchamp medium tote l 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 con longchamp medium tote tinue his journey, a security source told Interfax.



Snowdens latest interview published 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 revelations in Hong Kongs Sunday 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.



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



longchamp medium tote 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. longchamp medium tote

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