Bust of Edward Snowden sneaked into New York park; officials remove it shortly after arrival

After several mysterious artists put a sculpted bust of Edward Snowden on a New York City war memorial, parks officials have ordered the bust removed.

By evening, the bust was being held at Brooklyn's 88th Precinct pending an investigation.

Animal New York, a city news website, reported that the activists sneaked the 4-foot-tall, 100-pound bust of Snowden into Brooklyn's Fort Greene Park before dawn Monday. They hoisted the sculpture of the former National Security Agency contractor to the top of a Revolutionary War memorial.

According to Animal New York, the artists' aim was to honor Snowden, who leaked classified information from the National Security Agency to the media. He's now living in exile in Russia.