Monday, June 24, 2013

Edward Snowden whereabouts unknown as US presses Russia – as it happened

• White House: Hong Kong had 'plenty of time' to stop Snowden
• US sees 'negative impact' on US-China relations
• White House believes Snowden 'remains in Russia'
• WikiLeaks' Julian Assange says he knows where Snowden is

The Aeroflot Airbus A330 plane that was to carry Edward Snowden on a flight to Havana taxies out at Sheremetyevo airport, Moscow  

The Aeroflot Airbus A330 plane that was to carry Edward Snowden on a flight to Havana taxies out at Sheremetyevo airport, Moscow. He was not seen on the plane. (AP Photo/ Sergei Ivanov) Photograph: Sergei.

We're going to wrap up our live blog coverage for the day. Here's a summary of where things stand:

The whereabouts of Edward Snowden were unknown, although White House spokesman Jay Carney said "it is our understanding that Mr. Snowden remains in Russia." Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in a conference call with reporters claimed to know where Snowden is and said he is "safe and healthy."

Ecuador said it had received an asylum request from the former NSA contractor. Wikileaks also said it had applied to Iceland on Snowden's behalf. Ecuador's foreign minister, speaking on a trip to Vietnam, signaled support for Snowden.

Carney said the White House "does not buy" Hong Kong's explanation for the decision to allow Snowden to depart. "That decision unquestionably has a negative impact on US-China relations," he said. Carney also said, without explanation, that it was "safe to assume" that any information Snowden had with him was "compromised."

For the rest of the story: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/24/edward-snowden-booked-on-plane-from-moscow-to-havana-live-coverage

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