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NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has reportedly checked out of the hotel in Hong Kong in which he was staying and from where he conducted interviews explaining the impetus behind his historic leaks. The Los Angeles Times reported that the whistleblower’s whereabouts are now unknown:
Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old contractor identified as the source of leaks about the U.S. electronic surveillance program, apparently checked out of his Hong Kong hotel at midday Monday, his destination and whereabouts unknown.
“We know he was here until today,” said Cosmo Beatson, a Hong Kong-based refugee activist who heads an organization called Vision First.
Beatson said Monday night it is possible that Snowden boarded a plane from Hong Kong — since there is no warrant for his arrest — or was smuggled onto one of the many illegal speedboats smuggling people and goods between mainland Chinese and Hong Kong. “He’s very mobile.”
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