Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who is now one of the world’s most famous whistleblowers, is reportedly off to Ecuador today. Snowden recently travelled from Hong Kong to Moscow in an attempt to outrun American extradition warrants. Hong Kong allowed him to leave despite his passport being revoked and they rejected the USA’s warrant for extradition as invalid because it was politically motivated and didn’t correspond to Hong Kong’s legal framework for an extradition. Snowden is currently at Moscow airport awaiting a flight to Cuba with his WikiLeaks assistant.
Snowden was due to board the flight SU150 to Havana but apparently there is no sign of the NSA whistleblower on this flight which has now already left. Apparently he will now have to catch a later flight to Cuba. Edward Snowden spent the night at Moscow’s Terminal F at Sheremetyevo airport due to the fact he does not possess a valid Russian visa and has had his U.S passport revoked. It is believed that if he does board a flight to Cuba it will have to travel through U.S airspace where the flight could legally be grounded and he could be arrested. However, according to Russia Today the pilot is within his rights to change the course of the flight to avoid U.S airspace. Once in Cuba Edward Snowden is expected to catch a flight to Ecuador, his final destination, where he will seek political asylum from the USA.
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