NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Might Flee to Cuba or Ecuador Today

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It's been a good while since Fidel Castro had the chance to really poke a big stick into Uncle Sam's eyeball. That's why Edward Snowden, the NSA leaker on the run from espionage charges, might just be the perfect early 87th birthday present for El Comandante.

Snowden holed up in Moscow over the weekend and reportedly was set to flee to Cuba this morning, possibly en route to Ecuador, where he's requested asylum.

A source from Russian airline Aeroflot told reporters yesterday that Snowden was booked onto an early-morning flight departing Moscow to Havana today. But the latest reports this morning suggest the whistleblower wasn't on the 5 a.m. flight.

A Russian reporter who booked a seat on that flight tweeted earlier this morning:

(Though some have speculated that Snowden could have been shuffled on board in disguise or otherwise hidden from view.)

Either way, it would make some sense for Snowden to head for Havana, where the government has a long history of sheltering American dissidents from charges.

Snowden has been making a tour of anti-U.S. strongholds since coming out as the source of information on NSA's PRISM program, which included widespread data-gathering on U.S. citizens' emailing habits.

After hiding for weeks in Hong Kong, Snowden was allowed to leave Sunday in direct defiance of a U.S. request to arrest him. He headed to Moscow, where Russian officials have said they have "no authority" to hand him over to American officials.

He's been staying out of sight in the Sheremetyevo airport while formally requesting asylum in Ecuador, the Andean nation that granted Wikileaks founder Julian Assange safe haven in its London embassy.

Officials in Ecuardor, whose President Rafael Correa aligned himself with Venezuela's late Hugo Chávez in opposing U.S. influence in South America, have scheduled a news conference later this morning to discuss Snowden's asylum request.

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drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

Authorities can now activate...

the microphone
inside your phone,

allowing them to eavesdrop
on you and your conversations.

Experts say the only
way around this...

is to take the battery
out of the device.” 

 The Declaration of Independence states, "Whenever any form of government becomes destructive to it's own ends, it is the right of the People to abolish it."

MattRMia
MattRMia

Correction - He is a whistle blower, not a leaker! A true American hero!

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

It's the old American Double Standard, ya know: Say one thing, do somethin' different. And of course this country is founded on the double standard, that's our history! We were founded on a very basic double standard: This country was founded by slave owners who wanted to be free.

Don’t just teach your children to read…
Teach them to question what they read.
Teach them to question everything.”

Rights aren't rights if someone can take them away. They're privileges. That's all we've ever had in this country, is a bill of temporary privileges. And if you read the news even badly, you know that every year the list gets shorter and shorter. You see all, sooner or later. Sooner or later, the people in this country are gonna realize the government does not give a funk about them! The government doesn't care about you, or your children, or your rights, or your welfare or your safety. It simply does not give a funk about you! It's interested in its own power. That's the only thing. Keeping it and expanding it wherever possible.”

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

@MattRMia

 

this is exactly how the political game is played and in this instance OVER 3000 AMERICANS died on AMERICAN soil while the Bush Administration sat on its hands and watched what the administration KNEW was going to happen!!! This then opened the door for the "Patriot Act" to be passed and stripping AMERICANs again of more CIVIL RIGHTS!!!! If the American public doesn't wake up and take back our power, we will soon have no CIVIL LIBERTIES!!!! The sad part is, this will be our own fault!”



The Bush White House Was Deaf to 9/11 Warnings -

But there were other briefings, some seen by Eichenwald, that did warn of an imminent attack.

On May 1 the CIA said that a terrorist group in the U.S. was planning an attack.

On June 22 it warned that this attack was "imminent."

On June 29 the brief warned of near-term attacks with "dramatic consequences" including major casualties.

On July 1, the briefing said that the terrorist attack had been delayed but "will occur soon."

On July 24, the president was told again that the attack had been delayed but would occur within months”

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