Snowden mystery deepens; all eyes on airport
MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow’s main airport is still filled with media from around the world, three days after Edward Snowden arrived from Hong Kong. But the man they’re looking for is nowhere to be seen.
Today, an Associated Press reporter entered the transit area of the terminal by flying from Ukraine, and found ordinary scenes of duty-free shopping, snoozing travelers and tourists sipping coffee — but no trace of Snowden.
Just yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Snowden was in that area of the airport. And because he hadn’t officially entered Russia by going through passport control, Putin said Snowden was a free man who could go anywhere he wants.
If that’s the case, then Snowden has effectively lived a life of airport limbo since his flight from Hong Kong — especially with his U.S. passport now revoked.
In a further twist today, Ecuador’s foreign minister said it could take months to decide whether to grant asylum to Snowden. And he said the South American nation would need to consider its relations with the United States in making that decision.
Snowden is charged with violating American espionage laws by releasing details of two secret U.S. government surveillance programs.