Edward Snowden in 'Safe House'

According to The Guardian


Hong Kong (CNN) -- The man who shook the U.S. intelligence community by leaking details of secret surveillance programs is believed to be staying in a "safe house," the British newspaper that worked with him reported Wednesday.

Edward Snowden, 29, checked out of his Hong Kong hotel room Monday as journalists in the city began to figure out where he was staying from a video interview published online the day before, The Guardian said.

"It is thought he is now in a safe house," wrote Ewen MacAskill, one of the Guardian journalists who helped develop articles from the information Snowden leaked. The report didn't specify where the safe house was and MacAskill didn't immediately respond to a call seeking further details.

As Snowden tries to stay out of the spotlight, U.S. authorities are preparing charges against him, a law enforcement source told CNN on Tuesday. But the charges are not imminent, the source said.