Moscow: US whistleblower Edward Snowden is prepared to fly out of Russia on to seek asylum in Ecuador, as Washington demanded Moscow hand over the fugitive to face espionage charges at home.
A representative of Aeroflot told The Associated Press that Snowden registered for the flight to Havana that leaves Moscow today at 1005 GMT.
    
The airline says he registered for the flight on Sunday using his US passport, which American officials say has been annulled as part of an effort to prosecute him for revealing highly classified government secrets.
        
Snowden left Hong Kong on a commercial Aeroflot flight on Sunday and is said by Russian officials to have spent the night in a Moscow airport awaiting his onward connection.
    
Russian security sources said they had no reason to arrest the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, who officials described as an ordinary "transit passenger" who had not crossed the border.
    
According to Russian state media, he spent the night in the distinctly unglamourous "capsule hotel" Vozdushny Express located inside the departures area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport.
    
Snowden, the target of a US arrest warrant issued on Friday after the IT contractor leaked details of US cyber-espionage programmes to the media, is reportedly booked on a flight to Cuba today from where he could travel on to South America.

(Agencies)

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