“Where’s Snowdo?” — Snowden not on plane to Cuba
NSA leaker Edward Snowden was supposed to be on a flight to Havana, Cuba, today. But he didn’t show up.
A plane that was expected to fly whistleblower Edward Snowden from Moscow to Cuba has left the Russian capital apparently without him.
The flight to Havana was set to be the next step on his journey to evade US justice as he seeks asylum in Ecuador.
He was reportedly checked-in for the flight but a security source told Russian news agency Interfax that he was not on it.
The Guardian and the AP’s Max Seddon t.co reported the same news. “He ain’t here.”
1. This was all an elaborate ruse to thrown people off his tail.
2. His plans changed suddenly, because he’s been offered asylum somewhere.
3. Russia bent to US pressure, and let the feds pick him up. (I judge this highly unlikely, but hey! Miracles can happen.)
4. He decided living in Ecuador was not such a great idea, after all.
[UPDATE (11:26 UTC): Now journalists are saying they never actually saw Snowden at the Moscow airport, despite quoting several Russian sources that he indeed there. The Guardian also notes that the statement from the Hong Kong government about Snowden leaving never mentioned Russia specifically as his destination.]