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Where's Edward?

We have a photo of journos showing an iPad shot of Snowden to passengers deplaning from the Aeroflot flight to Hong Kong. Presumably if he had been recognized, we would have heard. Leading to the inference that he wasn't on the plane. The delphic statement from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) reads:

Mr Edward Snowden left Hong Kong today (June 23) on his own accord for a third country through a lawful and normal channel.

Doesn't say where and doesn't say what channel.

For all we know, Snowden left Hong Kong via Chinese junk (see Le Carré's The Honorable Schoolboy) and thence to Macau (another SAR) or Hanoi.

There are no direct flights from either Hanoi or Macua to Gauyaqil, Ecuador, and the safest route I found went through Madrid and Finland (as most definitely opposed to JFK or BKK). The alternative would be Hanoi or Macau to Havana, but unfortunately, due to "US travel restrictions" I cannot even fucking check Kayak or Expedia, etc., to see if there are direct flights from Hanoi to Havana.

Anyhow, I'm tossing my hat in the ring for that theory: Travel from Hong Kong by sea, and if there's a direct Hanoi-Havana commercial air flight, that way.

At this point we might remember that the Ecuadorian Foreign Minister was in Hanoi, and would doubtless have the authority to issue any necessary travel documents.

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Submitted by Jessica Yogini on

Just speculating from ordinary information:
It seems highly unlikely that there is a regularly scheduled flight between Hanoi and Havana or even from Ho Chi Minh City. There would certainly not be any commercial need for one. Also, such a direct flight would probably require a quite recent jet (due to the distance).
Also, the statement from the Norwegian Pirates might be a lie in the service of truth. If they made the story up in order to keep the torturer/war criminals who are pursuing him off-balance, I would respect that.
I'll bet the last thing the US spy-suppression complex expected was to be playing Where In the World is Carmen Snowden? so very publicly.

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Submitted by Jessica Yogini on

I am in a democratic nation now, so I checked. Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh City - Havana flights all have stop-overs.

Submitted by lambert on

But where? I would think a non-NATO country would be OK....

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Submitted by Jessica Yogini on

All the routes I saw were via Europe. Some with a stop in Bangkok or Toronto too.