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.
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One of the attackers who murdered a priest in a French church during morning mass in Normandy has been named by prosecutors.
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