Fifth Day Starts for Snowden in Moscow Airport

Created: 2013-06-28 13:34 EST

Category: World > Europe

A former U.S. spy agency contractor facing charges of espionage remained out of sight at a Moscow airport on Thursday.

It’s his fifth day spent in the transit zone of Sheremetyevo Airport.

Edward Snowden, 30, charged with disclosing secret U.S. surveillance programs, had been in Hong Kong after making his revelations and flew to Moscow on Sunday.

The United States said on Sunday it had revoked Snowden's passport.
The U.S has asked Russia to extradite Snowden, which Russian President Vladimir Putin says he will not do.

Ecuador, where Snowden has requested asylum, says a decision could take weeks and has asked Washington to argue its case for extradition.

Ecuador would consider giving Snowden protection if he went to Ecuador's embassy—but Russian officials say Snowden does not have a visa to enter Russia.

Aeroflot’s airport transfer desk representatives say Snowden is not booked on any upcoming flights.

One route for Snowden to take out would be an Aeroflot flight to Havana and a connecting flight to Ecuador.

The choice of alternative flights, while the U.S. presses other countries not to take him in or to arrest him on arrival, appears limited.

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