By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — The bizarre journey of Edward Snowden is far from over.
After spending a night in Moscow's airport, the former National Security Agency contractor — and admitted leaker of state secrets — was expected to fly to Cuba and Venezuela en route to possible asylum in Ecuador.
Snowden, also a former CIA technician, fled Hong Kong Sunday to dodge U.S. efforts to extradite him on espionage charges. Ecuador's foreign minister says his government received an asylum request from Snowden, and the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks says it will help him.
Snowden gave documents to The Guardian and The Washington Post newspapers disclosing U.S. surveillance programs that collect vast amounts of phone records and online data from U.S. citizens in the name of national security.
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