Jessica Tanner, Staff Writer
Last Modified: 01:41 a.m. DST, 26 June 2013
Although, the whereabouts of the computer contractor who revealed confidential information about The National Security Agency’s surveillance programs are still virtually unknown.
Journalists, government officials, and social media users worldwide are desperately trying to pinpoint Snowden’s exact location.
Russia initially expressed outraged at the United States’ suggestion that the country had been complicit in Snowden’s travels. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, was quoted as saying, “I want to say, right away, that we have nothing to do with Mr. Snowden, or his movements around the world.”
However, within the last few hours President Vladamir Putin has acknowledged in an official statement that the whereabouts of Snowden are known, and that he will not comply with President Barak Obama’s requests to surrender the alleged spy.
Prior to this admission, The White House was demanding that any country that Snowden sought refuge in give him up, so he could face espionage charges in the United States.
Apparently Snowden was set to board a flight from Moscow to Havana, but instead it was packed with journalists, including a CNN team. This same flight took off this past Monday without the 30-year-old American they were all hoping to question.
There is one source named Julian Assange who supposedly knows where Snowden is hiding, but he refuses to reveal the location. All Assange would say is that the former NSA contractor is “in a safe place and his spirits are high.”
Snowden spent several weeks hiding in Hong Kong, China and betrayed the United Sates by leaking classified NSA documents to journalists. He left the Chinese territory Sunday on a flight to Moscow.
- Putin: ‘Nyet’ to US request to turn over Snowden (thehimalayantimes.com)
- Edward Snowden scandal: Russia rejects US demands to extradite Snowden (wjla.com)
- Putin: Snowden is at Moscow airport (standard.co.uk)
- White House to Russia: Expel Snowden, Now (israelnationalnews.com)