WASHINGTON (AP) -- A U.S. official on Sunday said Edward Snowden's passport was annulled before he left Hong Kong for Russia. Snowden's travel plans could be complicated - but not thwarted - by a lack of passport.
The U.S. official said that if a senior official in a country or airline ordered it, a country could overlook the withdrawn passport.
Earlier Sunday morning, according to a Wikileaks statement, Snowden left Hong Kong legally and was headed towards the Republic of Ecuador.
Snowden is being escorted by diplomats and legal advisors. He requested that Wikileaks use its legal expertise and experience to secure his safety.
A senior administration official said President Obama has been briefed on the Snowden situation and will continue to get updates.
On Friday, the United States government charged Snowden with espionage and asked Hong Kong to issue a provisional arrest warrant.
Hong Kong officials refused, saying that what the U.S. had submitted "did not fully comply with the legal requirements" to keep Snowden from leaving the country.
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