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Airport 2013

Subtracting all the hideous quotes from Beltway types, there's some data here:

Speaking on Echo of Moscow radio, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov addressed comments made earlier Sunday by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, who said Snowden is "in the care of the Russian authorities" and seemed to downplay the idea that Snowden would wind up in Ecuador, as he is apparently seeking to do.

“Since this is not our issue, I don’t know what the options for the development of the situation can be, which legal and nonlegal aspects this topic involves,” Peskov added. “The only thing we do is register a very wide range of views on the issue expressed by various experts and human rights activists.” ....

Summing up Snowden's dilemma, [Ecuador President] Correa said: “He doesn't have a passport. I don't know the Russian laws, I don't know if he can leave the airport, but I understand that he can't. At this moment he's under the care of the Russian authorities. If he arrives at an Ecuadorean embassy, we'll analyze his request for asylum.” ...

“Snowden is still residing in a technical room of the transit zone,” said a [Russian] Foreign Ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity. “The problem is he doesn’t possess valid documents to buy tickets for any flight anywhere or even cross the border into Russia.”

And now for the speculation, which the LA Times buries in the last paragraph:

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who praised Snowden as “a brave youth” and offered to grant him asylum, is scheduled to arrive in Moscow on Monday for a two-day official visit. There has been speculation that Maduro might offer to take Snowden back to Venezuela on his official jet.

Hmm...

NOTE Does anyone know the definition of "embassy" under international law? For example, would a embassy car be part of any embassy, like a diplomatic bag? How about the presence of an ambassador?

UPDATE And then there's this from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty so ick:

Ecuadorean President Sends Regards To U.S. Fugitive Snowden
Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa has sent his regards to fugitive former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, telling him to "keep his spirits high."

When I read the headline, I couldn't help but think "the Lannisters send their regards," but I wonder if the text has anything to do with the approach of the Venezuelans.

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Submitted by Alexa on

Matthew Lee [that I posted from Washington Journal several days ago] said about not needing a passport if the departing and receiving governments agreed to allow departure/flight?

Lee stated that a passport is not necessary if Snowden's flight is sanctioned by the highest officials of both countries.

Don't have time to dig it up (from Twitter), but one piece I read today was very discouraging in regard to Ecuador "taking in" Snowden.

Guess VP Biden attempted to squash that idea yesterday.

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Submitted by goldberry on

Remember, "The Lannisters always pay their debts".

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Submitted by jo6pac on

a embassy car be part of any embassy

My understanding is anything to do with the nation has diplomatic immunity but the other day Ecuador asked the Russians if they could send embassy car to get Ed at the airport and they said no.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro I would think that if he makes the offer the Russian who are trying to make friends in other parts of the world would be more than happy to see him off or I hope so. We'll know soon enough.

Thanks for the update

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Submitted by DCblogger on

Putin has no interest in aiding Snowden. What if some Russian Snowden decided to send Russian secrets to Wikileaks. So, no, don't think that Putin wants to see Snowden prosper. On the other hand, Snowden is a great opportunity to embarrass the US, and I expect Putin to get the most out of it. From Putin's point of view trapping Snowden in the Moscow Airport is the best solution.

Submitted by Hugh on

Putin should quit while he's falling behind. The longer Putin holds Snowden the more he looks like a thug and hostage taker. The Chinese were smart enough to realize that Snowden was a hot potato and that they were better off having him be somebody else's problem. Notice how they have fallen off the radar in all this. Putin would be wise to adopt the same strategy.

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Submitted by transcriber on

Was thinking the Tom Hanks movie about stateless man who can't leave airport terminal. Haven't seen it, but wikipedia says it's based on fact:

The Terminal is a 2004 American comedy-drama film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones. It is about a man who becomes trapped in a New York City airport terminal when he is denied entry into the United States and at the same time cannot return to his native country due to a revolution. The film is partially inspired by the 17-year-stay of [Iranian refugee] Mehran Karimi Nasseri in the Charles de Gaulle International Airport, Terminal I, Paris, France from 1988 to 2006.

17 years!