Journalists aboard a flight from Moscow to Havana were disappointed to find that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was not aboard, despite reports that he had checked in on the flight, ostensibly en route to Ecuador or Venezuela. In fact no one has even confirmed seeing Snowden in Moscow, where he should be confined because he lacks a Russian Visa. We know thus far that Snowden has requested asylum in both Venezuela and Ecuador, and the Ecuadoran Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño has publicly indicated that the country might honor the request. We know that on Sunday Snowden left Hong Kong headed for Moscow.
At this point Russian officials are resisting White House pressure to arrest Snowden and help the U.S. bring him home to face charges of espionage. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is livid over Russia’s lack of cooperation, as well as how Hong Kong allowed Snowden to leave freely rather than cooperating with the White House’s formal extradition request.
So where is Snowden headed, and does the U.S. have any power to stop him?
Ken Dilanian, Intelligence and national security reporter for Los Angeles Times in Washington