Speculation about the NSA whistle-blower’s whereabouts has heightened after several witnesses said that he wasn’t on board a flight from Moscow to Cuba, which reports had pegged as his next destination. Snowden flew to Moscow over the weekend from Hong Kong after the U.S. charged him under the Espionage Act for leaking top-secret information to journalists about the NSA’s surveillance program.
Reuters via The Huffington Post:
Since leaving Hong Kong, where he feared arrest and extradition, Snowden has been searching for a country that can guarantee his security.
Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino, on a trip to Vietnam, said Quito would analyse his asylum request with a “lot of responsibility”. He was expected to hold a news conference around 7 p.m. (1200 GMT) in Hanoi.
A source at Aeroflot said on Sunday Snowden was booked on the flight due to depart for Havana on Monday at 2:05 p.m. (1005 GMT). But a correspondent aboard could not see him and the seat he was supposed to occupy, 17a, was taken by another passenger.