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Home Front: Politix
Paging Mr. Edward Snowden
The guy made famous by telling secrets -- about U.S. surveillance programs -- has managed to keep his own whereabouts hush-hush. Somehow, he has made himself lost for nearly 12 days in a mile-long transit corridor dotted with six VIP lounges, a 66-room capsule hotel, assorted coffee shops, a Burger King and about 20 duty-free shops. Unless he's across the runway in private Terminal A, in the watchful company of Russian officials.

Everybody wants to find him. Journalists want to interview him. The United States wants to prosecute him. And now Anna Chapman wants to marry him.
Come out, come out - wherever you are!
Last week, journalists staked out a chain called Shokoladnitsa, hoping they would find Snowden drinking a $7 cappuccino. Nyet. The capsule hotel rents tiny rooms for about $15 an hour, oh, one of those with a four-hour minimum. No one was spotted going in and out Thursday, and the clerk on duty frostily declared that she wasn't allowed to talk with reporters.
Smart answer.
Russians are a little bemused at all that fuss over surveillance. Many believe that the authorities can read their mail at will, listen in on their calls and sprinkle bugs around as they please. "Wiretapping is so common, so this is not news," said a 48-year-old account manager who stopped to chat on a city street.

What doesn't seem normal to many is why Snowden decided to go to Ecuador, his original destination, through Russia.
Maybe it's on the great circle route?
Once he arrived here, with his U.S. passport revoked, Ecuador has grown less enthusiastic. Russia says he can go anywhere he likes -- he just needs a destination and authorized travel documents. So why doesn't he go? Or show his face?
Catch 22. Travel papers require a passport. Eddie doesn't have one. So he can't go, but he can't stay.
And a 45-year-old tour agency manager, found it strange that an American carrying U.S. secrets would travel by way of Russia, where security agencies are very much in control. "I don't understand what he was thinking," she said. "Is he a little boy with no idea about the consequences?"
Is it THAT obvious?
Olga, deputy director of a pharmaceutical company, said the Snowden affair sounded like a fairy tale. "How long will he have to stay in the transit zone? What is he eating there, and where does he sleep? Has anyone seen him at all? Strange."
Yes, strange indeed, Olga. Who is paying for his groceries? Who is running the Keep Eddie Free charity?
Posted by:Bobby

#7  Nicaragua, Bolivia, + Venezuela repor now want to offer Snowden formal asylum - the question is whether Vladvedev will allow him to leave widout Russia seeing the contents of his briefcase???
Posted by: JosephMendiola   2013-07-05 22:28  

#6  a pole-dancing girl friend and now Anna Chapman..... not bad for a geek
Posted by: Crith the Florid1243   2013-07-05 15:01  

#5  At the secret alien lunar base, or secret nazi lunar base?
Posted by: swksvolFF   2013-07-05 13:52  

#4  Oliver Stone to Europeans, July 4, 2013

"To me, Snowden is a hero, because he revealed secrets that we should all know, that the United States has repeatedly violated the Fourth Amendment."

"He should be welcomed, and offered asylum," Stone continued, "but he has no place to hide because every country is intimidated by the United States. This should not be. This is what's wrong with the world today, and it's very important that the world recognizes and gives asylum to Snowden. Everyone in the world is impacted by the United States' Big Brother attitude toward the world."

But he didn't stop there.

... "And the world is in danger with our tyranny."

Posted by: Hupuque Bucket2093   2013-07-05 11:52  

#3  I believe he is on the dark side of the Moon at the secret alien base.
Posted by: DarthVader   2013-07-05 11:42  

#2  Does anyone really believe he's at Sheremetyevo?

Did anyone actually see him arrive there?
Posted by: Lex   2013-07-05 11:37  

#1  3 gets you 7 he's working the fryer at the BK.
Posted by: Shipman   2013-07-05 10:15