Assange: Snowden receives refugee papers from Ecuadorian government

By Reuters
Monday, June 24, 2013 11:12 EDT
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(Reuters) – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said on Monday that fugitive U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden had received refugee papers from the Ecuador government to secure him safe passage as he fled Hong Kong over the weekend.

“In relation to Hong Kong, Mr Snowden was supplied with a refugee document of passage by the Ecuadorean government,” Assange told reporters from inside the Ecuador embassy in London where he has been himself hiding from arrest for more than a year.

Such papers did not necessarily mean that Snowden would be granted asylum in Ecuador, Assange said.

(Reporting by Rosalba O’Brien and Costas Pitas Writing by Maria Golovnina)

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