Jun 23, 2013 5:31 PM
MOSCOW -- There has been a dramatic new turn in the drama surrounding the exposure of the U.S. government's mostly secret electronic surveillance program. Now Ecuador's foreign minister is confirming that his government has received a request for asylum for Edward Snowden.
And WikiLeaks says the former National Security Agency contractor is "bound for the Republic of Ecuador via a safe route for the purposes of asylum."
The anti-secrecy group says Snowden has flown from Hong Kong, where he's been in hiding for several weeks, to Moscow, where he will meet with diplomats from Ecuador.
WikiLeaks says its diplomats and legal advisers are traveling with Snowden, who is wanted by the U.S. for revealing highly classified surveillance programs.