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Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor accused of leaking classified surveillance information, has asked Ecuador for asylum, the country's foreign minister says.
Snowden left Hong Kong earlier Sunday bound for a "third country," the government in the Asian hub said. He later landed in Moscow.
Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino Aroca, who is on an official visit to Vietnam, said: