(NEWSER) – Eric Snowden left Hong Kong today "through a lawful and normal channel," and has now landed in Moscow, though that's not his final destination. WikiLeaks tweeted that it had helped the former NSA contractor flee, just after the United States filed extradition papers, securing him "political asylum in a democratic country, travel papers (and) safe exit from Hong Kong." WikiLeaks says Snowden is in the company of its legal advisers.

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