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Hong Kong allows Snowden to leave

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Edward Snowden, the former United States National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who is wanted for leaking details of a massive government surveillance programme, was allowed to leave Hong Kong Sunday. 

The Hong Kong government said a US request for his extradition did not meet legal requirements and Snowden could not be prevented from leaving.

The Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported that Snowden boarded a commercial flight to Moscow, destined for "a third country". The Aeroflot Flight SU213 from Chep Lap Kok airport was scheduled to land at Shermetyevo International Airport, the newspaper said.

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