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Where in the world is NSA leaker Edward Snowden?

  • Accused NSA leaker reportedly seeking asylum in Ecuador
  • WikiLeaks tweeted it helped Snowden flee Hong Kong to Moscow
  • Federal prosecutors have charged the 30-year-old with espionage and theft of government property
Where in the world is NSA leaker Edward Snowden?

Edward Snowden, the man behind a huge U.S. intelligence leak, is asking for asylum in Ecuador, according to the country's foreign ministry. 

WikiLeaks, a nonprofit organization known for releasing classified government documents, tweeted it helped Snowden get from Hong Kong to Moscow. The Chinese government confirmed that the former NSA contractor left Hong Kong "through a lawful and normal channel."

A source familiar with the matter tells CNN that the U.S. has revoked Snowden's passport.

READ MORE: Snowden on the run

Earlier this week, U.S. prosecutors officially charged Snowden with espionage and theft of government property. According to a criminal complaint unsealed Friday, Snowden is charged with espionage and theft of government property.

In media interviews, the 30-year-old admitted leaking classified details about a top-secret surveillance program earlier this month. Snowden told The Guardian newspaper and The Washington Post that the program, called PRISM, tracks phone calls and monitors online activities.

The United States reportedly had asked Hong Kong police to detain the former U.S. government contractor when he initially fled there.

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