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Snowden not seen on flight leaving Moscow

Jun 24th, 2013 - International News

An Aeroflot representative says former government contractor Edward Snowden was not on today's Moscow to Cuba flight on which he had been booked. The plane already has left Russia and AP reporters on the flight say they haven't seen him on the plane.

Aeroflot said earlier that Snowden had registered for the flight using his U.S. passport, which American officials say has been annulled.

Snowden arrived in Moscow on Sunday from Hong Kong, where he had been hiding for several weeks to evade U.S. justice. Ecuador is considering an asylum request from Snowden.

— Secretary of State John Kerry says it would be "deeply troubling" if Russia or Hong Kong had adequate notice about Edward Snowden's plans to flee to a country that will grant him asylum and still allowed him leave.

Snowden, a former National Security Agency contractor and a self-admitted leaker of state secrets, fled from Hong Kong to Moscow on Sunday after the U.S. moved to extradite him to face espionage charges. He was expected to seek political asylum in Ecuador.

He was booked on a flight from Moscow to Cuba on Monday, but apparently was not on the plane. It was unclear where he is.

In the past two years, Kerry says, the U.S. has transferred seven prisoners to Russia that Moscow wanted.

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