Wikileaks: 'History will judge Snowden as a hero'
23 June 2013 Last updated at 23:11 BST
Edward Snowden, the former US intelligence contractor wanted by Washington on espionage charges, is spending the night at an airport in Moscow after arriving from Hong Kong.
Ecuador's foreign minister has confirmed Mr Snowden's request for asylum.
The Hong Kong authorities said they allowed him to leave because of a legal flaw in the American request to arrest him.
Wikileaks has made it clear that it has been helping Mr Snowden and its spokesman, Kristinn Hrafnsson, told the BBC he believed the fugitive would eventually be recognised as a hero.