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The hunt for Edward Snowden continues

11:55 AM, Jun 25, 2013   |    comments
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(NBC NEWS) -- The hunt for Edward Snowden continues this morning - the man who leaked details of the government's secret surveillance programs.

The U.S. thinks he's till in Russia, and Washington is leaning on President Putin not to let him go.

Snowden was able to sneak out of Hong Kong while the U.S. was trying to extradite him. That was embarrassing for the administration, and they don't want it to happen again.

The plane Edward Snowden booked from Russia to Cuba showed up with his seat empty, so authorities think he's still in Moscow. "We are aware of where Mr. Snowden is. He is in a safe place and his spirits are high," said Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange.

Wikileaks is helping him get to Ecuador. The group says Ecuador gave Snowden refugee documents to get in, but the U.S. is hoping he never makes it that far. "We're following all of the appropriate legal channels, and working with various other countries to make sure the rule of law is observed," said President Obama.

The State Department has warned all of Latin America that Snowden is on the run - charged with espionage.

It's up to Russia now - the question is whether they will choose to keep him, send him to the U.S., or let him go. "We continue to hope that the Russians will do the right thing," said Secretary of State John Kerry.

The White House is still furious that Snowden escaped Hong Kong and suspects China was involved. "We are just not buying that this was a technical decision by a Hong Kong immigration official. This was a deliberate choice," said White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney.

Meantime, Snowden may not be finished telling secrets.

The New York Times is reporting that he is traveling with four laptops and flash drives - presumably packed with more information.

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