Snowden hiding out at Moscow airport

An exterior view of the Capsule Hotel "Air Express" is seen at the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport.. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

An exterior view of the Capsule Hotel “Air Express” is seen at the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport.. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva

A former U.S. spy agency contractor sought by Washington on espionage charges appeared on Wednesday to be still in hiding at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport and the national airline said he was not booked on any of its flights over the next three days.

Edward Snowden fled to Hong Kong after leaking details of secret U.S. government surveillance programs, then flew on to Moscow on Sunday, evading a U.S. extradition request. President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday he was in the transit area of the airport and he had no intention of handing him to Washington.

“They are not flying today and not over the next three days,” an Aeroflot representative at the transfer desk at Sheremetyevo said when asked whether Snowden and his legal adviser, Sarah Harrison, were due to fly out on Wednesday.

“They are not in the system.”

Snowden has not been seen in public but Russian officials say he is at the airport, awaiting a response to an appeal for asylum in Ecuador. The logical route to be taken – and one for which he at one point had a reservation – would be an Aeroflot flight via Havana.

The choice of alternative flights, while the United States presses other countries not to take him in or to arrest him on arrival, would be limited.

Putin denied Snowden was being interviewed by Russian intelligence and said any U.S. accusations that Moscow was aiding him as “ravings and rubbish”.

That prompted a new extradition demand by Washington, which said there was a “clear legal basis” to do so.

The row threatens to further fray ties between the United States and Russia, which have argued over human rights and Putin’s treatment of opponents in a year-old third term and have squared off over Syria conflict in the U.N. Security Council.

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7 Responses to "Snowden hiding out at Moscow airport"

  1. Bill Cravener  June 26, 2013 at 8:27 am

    This rush by the naive to celebrate NSA leaker Edward Snowden as a hero is both foolish and shortsighted. Edward Snowden’s actions were neither principled nor patriotic. This coward by his own admission stated that he was motivated by a self-defined commitment to transparency. That admission is not a constitutional concept but a selfish decision placing his opinion above the rule of law.

    This coward first fled to Hong Kong and you can be certain that the Chinese authorities interrogated him thoroughly. These are the same Chinese authorities that preside over a miserable combination of socialism and capitalism which denies basic rights to its own citizens.

    This coward has now fled to Moscow where Putin’s mafia regime silences and on occasion murders its own people. Today this coward may be off to Ecuador whose record on free speech is dismal at best. Or perhaps this coward will run instead to Cuba a decaying Brezhnevian dictatorship run by a monarchical communist gerontocracy. And yet it’s beginning to appear this coward may stay in Moscow with his new allies in the oligarchy.

    Edward Snowden cannot endorse regimes whose human rights records are well beyond any abused right committed by the United States and expect to win the argument. He is a coward and a traitor, a pathetic excuse of a man that should be hunted down and brought back to the United States then tried for treason. I want this coward to spend the rest of his life in prison. That or shot dead, either way works for me!

    • Carl Nemo **==  June 26, 2013 at 12:17 pm

      Greetings Bill Cravener:

      “I want this coward to spend the rest of his life in prison. That or shot dead, either way works for me!” …extract from post

      I find your serial posts concerning Snowden absolutey amazing. Seemingly your brain is stuck in a phase-locked loop mode with the word “coward’ as the hallmark word of your limited vocabulary and thought processes. So too your obsession with ‘shooting’ someone is a yellow flag alert, at least to me concerning your core persona.

      Have you ever shot someone Bill? I’m serious;I.E., another human being for their alleged misdeeds against society without due process. Even police officers need an extended leave of absence after doing so. Although performing their duties in such an exchange it causes them serious psychological angst. Men are not natural born killers. You seem to embrace violence along with your obsessional use of the word coward. Almost as s child you seem to get enjoyment by repeating yourself while annoying a host of readers.

      You must be a ‘killer’, a ‘coward’ or both yourself. If you don’t have the courage to shoot someone yourself then don’t put the responsibility on others to do so simply for your ‘enjoyment’ which would demonstrate the actions of a ‘coward’…no? / : |

      Readers have been saturated with your simplistic thoughts on this subject and we get the point concerning your love affair with the word ‘coward’ and well as having someone ‘shot’.

      Again, as I mentioned the other day you are the first ever to post to CHB encouraging such violence to another human being. This is a fairly enlightened news forum as demonstrated by the quality of posts over time.

      Your type of delivery would best post on the Yahoo message board type of venue.

      If this situation weren’t so tragic it would be laughable. : |

      Carl Nemo **==

      • Doug Thompson  June 26, 2013 at 2:41 pm

        Carl:

        Let’s stick to the issue here. Personal attacks against other posters are not acceptable. You should know that.

        D.

        • Carl Nemo **==  June 26, 2013 at 6:27 pm

          Hi Doug,

          I offer my apologies to you, but not Mr. Cravener.

          It’s the first time in all my years on your site that I’ve read posts from anyone that included wishing summary death on another individual without due process.

          You’re a gun owner and I know many things chaff your hide, but you’ve never written such invective in any of your articles directed towards anyone.

          If the man wants to be obsessed with the word ‘coward’ that’s his business, but this “shot dead” or “shot dead on site” relative to Edward Snowden or anyhone else in the future is over the top.

          Rest assured I’m no candy butt and can handle such thoughts, but it just has no place on CHB.

          Possibly Mr. Cravener needs a captain’s mast session on your part in order to get his gig line straight so to speak.

          It won’t happen again on my part, but his death wish comments concerning this ongoing Snowden debacle is like fingernails across a chalkboard to myself and no doubt other readers.

          Carl Nemo **==

  2. griff6r  June 26, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    A little reading for Bill…

    http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2013/06/25/a-new-beginning-without-washingtons-sanctimonious-mask-paul-craig-roberts/

    Focusing on the person as opposed to the issue? Spoken like a true government worshipper.

    • woody188  June 26, 2013 at 4:30 pm

      I love Dr. Roberts. He’s one of the authors I read regularly now. I his economic insights are incredibly enlightening.

    • Carl Nemo **==  June 27, 2013 at 1:01 am

      Hi griff6r…

      Thanks for the Dr. Paul Roberts link. The content stills my intellectual heart. He and I are one as Spock would say while doing the ‘Vulcan Mind Meld”. : )

      I’m hoping some constructive destabilization of the status quo of our ‘Empire Americanus’ paradigm comes out of this Edward Snowden flap.

      Obviously a multi-billion dollar surveillance machine is not going to be disassembled over this, but hopefully some serious checks and balances might result from this crisis.

      If not, then there will be hell to pay for those elitists in high government places that simply don’t understand these “winds of change” resulting from their intransigence to such.

      We’re flat dead broke as a nation. If they think the current almost toothless sequestering of funding is stiff, they ain’t seen nothing yet!

      We can no longer afford our massive perennial warfare/surveillance machine for supporting the warfare/wellfare MIC’s voracious appetite.

      America, now their AmeriKa, is soon to feel the forces that toppled the Roman Empire in 410 A.D.;I.E., an overextended, unaffordable military presence throughout their world ‘empire’ along with barbarians at the gate; I.E., hordes of illegals heading north from Mexico, Central and South America to devour the U.S. as we once knew it, regardless of lame, toothless immigration reform bills. These newly landed ‘citizens’ will drain what’s left of our national debt-based treasury. Eventually Balkanization of regions within the U.S. will occur as Washington fails along with our impending economic ruin.

      We’re in the sweephand mode to the midnight of our destruction as a nation,soon to become a footnote of history. Believe it…! : |

      Carl Nemo **==

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