Snowden Odyssey: Hong Kong to Moscow
From the Washington Post
Just where Snowden, 30, was remained a mystery. His ultimate destination was reported to be Ecuador, where he has asked for asylum, perhaps by way of Havana, where there are daily flights from Moscow.
But at a news conference in Hanoi on Monday, a few hours after the Havana-bound plane had left Moscow, Ecuadoran Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño said he could not say where Snowden was.
“We are in close contact with the Russian government,” Patiño said, “but the specific information as to his whereabouts, we cannot share that at this time. We don’t have it and we can’t share it.”
. . . In a call with reporters on Monday, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange confirmed that Snowden was headed for Ecuador, along with a lawyer from WikiLeaks, which is assisting Snowden. “Edward Snowden left Hong Kong on the 23rd of June bound for Ecuador via a safe path through Russia and other states,” he said. Both he and lawyer Sarah Harrison “are healthy and safe, and they’re in contact with their legal team,” Assange said.
Moscow itself has said little to say about Snowden’s presence here. Despite a direct request from the United States to return him to U.S. soil to face charges of leaking government secrets, Russian officials said Monday that they had no legal authority to detain him after he arrived from Hong Kong on Sunday.
A frustrated Secretary of State John F. Kerry said he was troubled that neither China nor Russia responded to the espionage charges filed against Snowden by the United States by taking steps to transfer him to U.S. custody.
Snowden told Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa that it is "unlikely that I will have a fair trial or humane treatment" if handed over to U.S. officials to stand trial, according to a letter from Snowden read by Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino.
While Patino, speaking at a news conference in Vietnam, said the county has yet to decide on Snowden's asylum request, he questioned whether it was Snowden or the United States that was acting badly in the affair.
He called the surveillance programs revealed by Snowden "a breach of the rights" of people around the world.
"We have to ask, who has betrayed who?" he said.
So I see that #Snowden continues to exhibit traitor behaviors. You can't tell him he's not the Bourne trilogy right now, smh.— Dr. Firestarter (@docrocktex26) June 23, 2013
#Snowden is in Russia, heading to Cuba. Getting help from oppressive and authoritarian govts. who don't give a damn on freedom either.— Corina August (@redscreech) June 23, 2013
POTUS has summoned Boba Fett to the White House.— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) June 23, 2013
I am old enough to remember when people were defecting from authoritarian regimes and asking for asylum in US #Snowden— Edge Oforever (@edgeoforever) June 23, 2013
Putin has arrested all reporters critical of his regime and had them killed. Greenwald praises Russians and Putin. LOL— Jeff Gauvin (@JeffersonObama) June 23, 2013
Equador foreign ministry tweets Snowden requesting asylum wont get china/russia off the hook with U.S for letting him get there if he does— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) June 23, 2013
Glenn Greenwald & Eddie Snowden are reenacting the final scene of "Thelma & Louise" using Segways.— psychedelicatessen (@MentalRiot) June 23, 2013
Snowden piling up frequent liar miles.— Harold Itzkowitz (@HaroldItz) June 23, 2013
While Greenwald praises Ecuador... the country is 119th on world press freedom list, even behind United Arab Emirates http://t.co/pHJiNDV089— TheObamaDiary.com (@TheObamaDiary) June 23, 2013
Edward Snowden due to fly out of Russia in next few hours in attempt to seek asylum in Ecuador http://t.co/1Yt3ecC6mZ— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) June 24, 2013
#BREAKING: Washington says it expects Russia to look at 'options' to send Snowden back to US— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) June 24, 2013
"Kremlin officials also noted that Snowden has not technically entered Russia..." http://t.co/HOi2KOcBG9— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) June 24, 2013
Very interesting how Wikileaks' tentacles are spreading. It's like a hacker-libertarian assault on US natsec policy.— Joy Reid (@TheReidReport) June 23, 2013
The total max jail time from all 7 Obama leak prosecutions has been 50 months, far from indefinite detention (or death as Snowden warned.)— Joy Reid (@TheReidReport) June 23, 2013
Snowden has asked for political asylum in Ecuador, the country that has also given shelter to the WikiLeaks... http://t.co/vmPNcBp55Z— OccupyDenver (@OccupyDenver) June 24, 2013
Assange accuses U.S. of bullying countries to deny asylum to #EdwardSnowden says no selfrespecting country would submit to interference— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) June 24, 2013
Julian Assange says he knows where Edward Snowden is and will not reveal his location at this time, on a media conference call.— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) June 24, 2013
#BREAKING: Edward Snowden is 'healthy and safe', says Julian Assange— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) June 24, 2013