The United States has been informed by Hong Kong authorities of Edward Snowden's departure from Hong Kong for a third country, the US Justice Department said.
The Department confirmed that it will seek the co-operation of countries where Snowden maybe heading and will continue its dialogue with Hong Kong.
The American contractor Edward Snowden has requested legal assistance from the website WikiLeaks after leaving Hong Kong.
The whistleblowing website confirmed that Mr Snowden was being escorted from Hong Kong by diplomats and legal advisors from WikiLeaks.
In a statement the website confirmed that it was considering his request for legal aid and would make a decision once Mr Snowden had reached his final destination.
Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden is booked on a Moscow to Havana flight on Monday and plans to go to Venezuela, a source at Russian airline Aeroflot told Reuters.
Julian Assange's lawyer said America's treatment of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was "an assault against the people".
Baltasar Garzon, a former Spanish judge and WikiLeaks legal director, said:
– Baltasar Garzon, legal director of Wikileaks and lawyer for Julian Assange
The WikiLeaks legal team and I are interested in preserving Mr Snowden’s rights and protecting him as a person.
What is being done to Mr Snowden and to Mr Julian Assange - for making or facilitating disclosures in the public interest - is an assault against the people.
WikiLeaks said Edward Snowden has left Hong Kong legally and is bound for an unnamed "democratic nation".
They added that the NSA whistleblower is being accompanied by diplomats and legal advisers and is travelling via a safe route for asylum purposes.
Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who is reportedly booked on a flight from Moscow to Cuba, could travel from Havana to the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, according to news agency Itar-Tass.
There is a ticket in Edward Snowden's name for a Moscow to Cuba flight, according to news agency Interfax citing a source at Russian airline Aeroflot.
Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden may fly to Cuba from Moscow, the Russian news agency Interfax has reported.
WikiLeaks has claimed that it helped with Edward Snowden's "political asylum in a democratic country, travel papers and safe exit from Hong Kong".
Edward Snowden was allowed to leave Hong Kong despite an extradition request from the US because documents provided by the US government did not "fully comply with the legal requirements under Hong Kong law," the country's authorities told AP.
It said there was no legal basis to stop Snowden from leaving.