June 23rd, 2013
01:05 PM ET
10 years ago

Snowden on the run, seeks asylum in Ecuador

Moscow (CNN) - Ex-National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has asked for asylum in Ecuador, the South American country's foreign ministry announced Sunday as the United States urged countries to rebuff the leaker.

Snowden's story took a dramatic turn Sunday when he flew from Hong Kong to Moscow, aided by the international anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks. The group reported that Snowden had touched down in Moscow, and CNN spotted a car with diplomatic plates and an Ecuadorian flag at Moscow's international airport.


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  1. Evergreen

    Snowden rats out his country for what he decided was an invasion of privacy by government then flees to China then Russia. Does he consider these two counties to be examples of free and open societies?! Jason Bourne movies make being on the run from our spy agencies look cool and exciting but in reality Snowden will find out it sucks.

    June 23, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  2. Ron L

    Need to catch him, prosecute him..nothing else to be said.

    June 23, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  3. plain&simple

    When you fly to Russia to escape....you lose all credible denial of being a spy. No one goes to Russia to be free.

    June 23, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  4. plain&simple

    Don't see any American patriots moving to Russia!

    June 23, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. Pete

    Shouldn't Wiki leaks officials be tried as well for aiding and abetting a criminal on the run in the Snowden case..I'd make sure they'd feel the rath of our governments courts and officials no matter how high in their corporation should pay the price for sticking their nose in where it definitly doesn't belong!!

    June 23, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    Good luck to him. Thanks for revealing the excesses of this government.

    June 23, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  7. don in albuquerque

    And his next postcard will read--–"Having a Great Time in Gitmo!"

    June 23, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. Name Uche Agonsi

    Hahahaaaah.......this is what 'from fry pan to fire' is all about .....I guess he will get his full privacy rights at his new country.........IDIOT.

    June 23, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. Joan

    This guy is turning out to be very dangerous. He has not only revealed sensitive, classified security information which was against the law but now he is having a negative impact on the fragile relations between the US, China and now Russia. His original motives seem to have fallen by the wayside and he now doing real damage. Who does he think he is? Both he and Assange are thrilled with their notoriety and seem to think very highly of themselves. They are both dangerous to current and future peace between many countries and should both be charged, convicted and sentenced to long prison terms. They both sound like mouthpieces for the Libertarian movement in the US. How does Rand Paul like that?

    June 23, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  10. saywhat

    So what shall we do with all these countries aiding & abetting him. Put them under sanctions and then keep all our options open? Starting with Hong Kong & Russia.
    Aren't we doing that all the time with countries which defy us?

    June 23, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. Peace

    Where are the drones when they are needed best!

    June 23, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |