Edward Snowden, the former contractor who leaked classified information detailing the National Security Agency’s secret surveillance programs, was allowed to leave Hong Kong despite a U.S. extradition request.

Hong Kong authorities said Sunday they had notified the U.S. that Snowden had departed the city on a flight to Moscow, possibly en route to a third country, according to reports.

The website Wikileaks, which three years ago posted classified U.S. diplomatic cables and has been a defender of Snowden, said in a statement that he had “left Hong Kong legally” and that the organization had provided him with legal advisers to help him secure asylum in a third country.

“He is bound for a democratic nation via a safe route for the purposes of asylum, and is being escorted by diplomats and legal advisors from WikiLeaks,” said the statement.

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