Sunday June 23, 17:50 BST
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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. He is bound for the Republic of Ecuador via a safe route for the
purposes of asylum, and is being escorted by diplomats and legal advisors from WikiLeaks.
Mr Snowden requested that WikiLeaks use its legal expertise and experience to secure his safety. Once Mr Snowden arrives
in Ecuador his request will be formally processed.
Former Spanish Judge Mr Baltasar Garzon, legal director of Wikileaks and lawyer for Julian Assange has made the
"The WikiLeaks legal team and I are interested in preserving Mr Snowden’s rights and protecting him as a person. What is
being done to Mr Snowden and to Mr Julian Assange - for making or facilitating disclosures in the public interest - is
an assault against the people".