This picture, released by Human Rights Watch, shows whistle-blower Edward Snowden (right) during a meeting with rights activists, including Sarah Harrison of WikiLeaks (left), at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, on July 12, 2013. File photo: AFP


London - WikiLeaks staffer Sarah Harrison, a key ally of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, has left Russia for Germany, saying her lawyers had advised her against travel to Britain over fears she could be prosecuted if she returns to her native country.

Harrison arrived in Germany at the weekend, saying in a statement released by WikiLeaks late on Wednesday that she left Snowden only after making sure “that he had established himself and was free from the interference of any government”.

The statement also said that lawyers had advised her to stay away from the UK amid fears she would be prosecuted under anti-terror laws.

Harrison couldn't immediately be reached for further comment, but fellow WikiLeaks staffer Joseph Farrell said she had decided to stay away from Britain “for the time being”.