Edward Snowden Has Booked a Flight from Moscow to Cuba, on His Way to Ecuador Update

Snowden is seeking political asylum in Ecuador after leaving Hong Kong

By Lucian Parfeni on June 24th, 2013 09:57 GMT

Whistleblower Edward Snowden's saga continues as he is now bound to Havana, Cuba, on his way to Ecuador. He spent the night in a Moscow airport, having left Hong Kong yesterday.

It has since been revealed that he is seeking political asylum in Ecuador and that the has already met with Ecuadorian diplomats.

If the choice of country sounds familiar, it's because Wikileaks leader Julian Assange is also seeking asylum in Ecuador and has been holed up in the country's embassy in London for a year. It's no coincidence either, as Snowden is being helped by Wikileaks.

While it's been known that Snowden spent the night in the airport, since he doesn't have a Russian visa, no one was able to catch a glimpse of him. Journalists piled up at the airport last night, but they haven't been able to get to him. FSB agents have been spotted around the airport though.

Now, the latest reports indicate that he's boarded an Aeroflot flight headed for Havana. Snowden is expected then to fly from Cuba to Ecuador.

The Guardian's Miriam Elder has boarded the same flight, but hasn't actually seen him. Meanwhile, Aeroflot staff is asking for everyone's phone during the flight, presumably to prevent any leaks.

Update: It turns out that Edward didn't board the flight headed to Cuba, though quite a few journalists did. In fact, people are starting to wonder whether he is even in Moscow, since no one has actually seen him there. All of this may be an attempt to get the US authorities and the press off his trail.
The plane that is supposed to fly Snowden to Cuba
   The plane that is supposed to fly Snowden to Cuba
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