Hong Kong’s government says Edward Snowden has left for a “third country” because a U.S. extradition request did not fully comply with Hong Kong law.
The White House had warned Hong Kong that the Obama Administration expected a timely response to its request for the extradition of Snowden.
Snowden is the former Kunia resident who admitted to leaking classified information about the US government’s surveillance programs.
Snowden was charged yesterday with espionage and theft.
A formal extradition request to bring Snowden back to the US from Hong Kong could have dragged through appeal courts for years.