The whistleblower Edward Snowden, who leaked details about US snooping, has left Hong Kong for Russia, accorEdward Snowdending to reports.
His departure was revealed on the website of the the Hong Kong newspaper the South China Morning Post, which said that Russia was not thought to be his intended final destination.
It is thought that the eventual destination could end up being Iceland or Ecuador.
He is understood to have left on a Russian airline Aeroflot flight.
An Icelandic newspaper reported four days ago that Snowden had asked Iceland for political asylum.
The website of the South China Morning Post said: “US whistleblower Edward Snowden has left Hong Kong on an Aeroflot flight to Moscow, credible sources have confirmed to the South China Morning Post.
“Moscow will not be his final destination.”
The Hong Kong government later confirmed Snowden had left.