Edward Snowden Out of Sight as US Asks Russia to Turn Him Over
MOSCOW — The whereabouts of Edward Snowden, the computer contractor who exposed details of the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs, were uncertain late Monday.
He was last known to be in Moscow, where he landed after a flight from Hong Kong on Sunday. He had been expected to board a flight to Cuba on Monday, Russia’s semiofficial Interfax news agency reported.
But CNN journalists on two successive Moscow-to-Havana flights said Snowden did not appear to be in the cabin, while officials at the Russian capital’s Sheremetyevo International Airport declined to say whether he was still there.
U.S. officials have yanked Snowden’s passport, but he left Hong Kong on a “refugee document of passage” issued by Ecuador, according to Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, which is aiding Snowden’s efforts to find a safe haven.
Meanwhile, U.S. officials cast a wide net seeking his return, telling Russia and Latin American countries that they should hand Snowden over should he land on their soil. White House spokesman Jay Carney said U.S. officials are reaching out to numerous countries in an effort to have Snowden turned over.
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