The Search Continues for NSA Leaker Edward Snowden


As Edward Snowden stays out of reach of American intelligence, the question remains, where exactly overseas is he hiding?

The White House is assuming the former NSA contractor is in Russia. The only people who are certain of Snowden's whereabouts are Snowden himself, and Julian Assange, founder of the whistleblower group 'wikileaks.'

According to Assagne, wikileaks paid for Snowden's travel from Hong Kong to Moscow, his lodging and his legal counsel.

Two weeks ago, Snowden revealed himself as the NSA leaker from Hong Kong. the U.S. wanted Hong Kong to surrender Snowden on espionage charges, but the negotiations fell through, angering the White House.

The focus has now shifted to Moscow, and the U.S. is ratcheting up the pressure to hand Snowden over.

"Our country is doing everything that's possible; we have a coordinated effort between the State Department and Justice Department, the FBI, the White House in an effort to try to persuade our Russians colleagues that this is important," said Secretary of State John Kerry. "We have returned seven prisoners to them in the last two years that they requested."

On Tuesday, Russia's foreign minister rejected U.S. demands to extradite Snowden, saying Russia has nothing to do with Snowden or his travel plans.

Snowden was expected to fly to Cuba, and then to Ecuador, where he is seeking political asylum.

On Monday, Snowden was supposed to be on a Havana-bound flight from Moscow, but his seat,17A, was empty. It's not clear if Snowden changed travel plans, or if Russian security agents blocked his departure.


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