NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden Comes Forward, Works as a Booz Allen Contractor at NSA
NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden Comes Forward, Works as a Booz Allen Contractor at NSA

It should tell us a lot that that three days after fleeing Hong Kong, NSA leaker and fugitive Edward Snowden is still in the transit area at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport. Is there a country on any possible travel route that would allow him free transit to Ecuador? , and whether he had the temporary travel documents to get there.

An analysis of the commercial air routes available for a U.S. fugitive seeking to travel from Moscow showed that all necessary layover stops on the 7,000-mile route to Ecuador would be in countries that have extradition treaties with the U.S.—including Cuba, which has been working recently to improve U.S. ties and has so far received two flights from Moscow since Sunday without Mr. Snowden aboard.

“I think the fact that for three days in a row, Snowden hasn’t gotten on the plane to Cuba begins to tell us something about how welcome he is in Havana,” said Phil Peters, an analyst at the Cuba Research Center in Washington. Source: Wall Street Journal

Snowden has four possible routes to reach his destination — Miami, Madrid, Amsterdam and Cuba. His best bet to reach Quito, Ecuador would be via Cuba, but I doubt the Cuban government, because it just “concluded talks in Washington about renewing direct postal links and is scheduled to start talks on immigration next month,” would want to jeopardize a slowly warming relationship between both countries.