Edward Snowden Leaves Hong Kong On Flight To Moscow

Tyler Durden's picture

Edward Snowden is no longer in Hong Kong. About an hour ago, the Hong Kong Authority released a statement which says that the NSA whistleblower has left Hong Kong today "on his own accord through a lawful and normal channel" which was yet another slap in the face of the US, saying the US provisional arrest warrant "did not fully comply with the legal requirements under Hong Kong law."

In fact, not only did the HK authority defy the US arrest warrant, but it officially demands that the US clarify its own hacking of Hong Kong computer systems:

"Meanwhile, the HKSAR Government has normally written to the US Government requesting clarification on earlier reports about the hacking of computer systems in Hong Kong by US government agencies. The HKSAR Government will continue to follow up on the matter so as to protect the legal rights of the people of Hong Kong."

So having been given the blessing of HK (and thus China) to defy the US, Snowden is now en route to Moscow (see flight tracker below), from where he is said he may continue further to Iceland, although according to a conflicting report from Russia's Interfax his ultimate destination is Havana, Cuba, while some note that he may be headed to Caracas Venezuela instead. Of course, he may just remain in Moscow: it's not as if Putin will comply with any American extradition order.

Somewhat surprisingly, Wikileaks appears directly involved:

More From SkyNews:

The whistleblower Edward Snowden, who leaked details about US snooping, has left Hong Kong for Russia, according to reports.


His departure was revealed on the website of the Hong Kong newspaper the South China Morning Post, which said that Russia was not thought to be his intended final destination.


It is thought that the eventual destination could end up being Iceland or Ecuador. 


He is understood to have left on the Russian airline Aeroflot flight SU213.


The paper said it left Hong Kong around 11am local time (4am UK time) and was due to arrive in Moscow around 5.15pm local time (1pm UK time). It is believed to be currently in the air.


The White House had asked Hong Kong to extradite him, after he was charged in the US with espionage. 


An Icelandic newspaper reported four days ago that Snowden had asked Iceland for political asylum.


The website of the South China Morning Post said: "US whistleblower Edward Snowden has left Hong Kong on an Aeroflot flight to Moscow, credible sources have confirmed to the South China Morning Post. 


"Moscow will not be his final destination."


The Hong Kong government later confirmed Snowden had left and said that he did so legally and voluntarily.


"Meanwhile, the HKSAR Government has formally written to the US Government requesting clarification on earlier reports about the hacking of computer systems in Hong Kong by US government agencies.

"The HKSAR Government will continue to follow up on the matter so as to protect the legal rights of the people of Hong Kong."


The Russian President's office said it has not been given any information about Mr Snowden's imminent arrival.

Track Snowden's flight in real time via Flightradar 24: flight AFL213.

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NidStyles's picture

This actually makes me happy.

theMAXILOPEZpsycho's picture

Look guys, I work for the government. So I know what I'm talking about here. Guys like Snowden are a real menace - don't start eulogizing over them. We have to face facts, and the facts are that information has never been more important. Therefore, we, the government, the people, need to keep a handle on that information - its our greatest weapon against those that would seek to do us harm.

You people making a hero of Snowden are oblivious to the multitude of external threats should we let our enemies and those that would do us harm access to free, private, communication.

Join the fight in hunting Snowden down. He's free to fight his case infront of a free and democratic judge and jury. Thats the best way to present his case, anyway. If he hadn't done anything wrong, why go half way round the world seeking the protection of dubious regimes anyway??

Ratscam's picture

your comment is reminiscent of your name

YuropeanImbecille's picture

Interesting how no one is talking about the fact that Snowden is a Mossad asset, just like Assange.


Zionist playing the US against China for obvious reasons.

vato poco's picture

Uh huh. And you, well-connected dialed-in mofo that you are, know this blockbuster info.....how, exactly?

SheepRevolution's picture

Welcome Vladimir Putin to the fellowship of Heroes. Here you will meet such fine living legends such as Edward Snowden, Ron Paul and Bradley Manning.


These news really made me happy :)

Harlequin001's picture

Hahahaha... How to lose friends and influence people.

Go USA...

Just take out that gun you're entitled to, and blow that fuckin' foot off... yeah...

The man's a public servant for christ's sake, and he's done an excellent job. Leave him the fuck alone.

Disclaimer: I love George Bush and Obama. I think they're great..... just in case don't you know...

imaginalis's picture

I hope he buys an old car that lacks hackable steering and acceleration controls

GetZeeGold's picture



Look guys, I work for the government. So I know what I'm talking about here.


Heh heh....I'd rather take my chances with the terrorists. At least you know what those guys are really about.

The interesting part will be if the Russians actually let him go to Iceland.

nmewn's picture

That was priceless wasn't it? ;-)

malikai's picture

Imagine that. The year 2013 and political dissidents flee the USA for Iceland via Moscow and China. - How far we've gone.

Putin gets 1000 points if he meets snowden on the ground and grants him immediate asylum - wether Snowden wants it or not.

nmewn's picture

"Imagine that. The year 2013 and political dissidents flee the USA for Iceland via Moscow and China."

lol...appeals to patriotism seem to be falling on deaf ears lately.

No small wonder...not one big fish in jail from the 2008 financial debacle, IRS political favortism, Bil of Rights violations as far as the eye can see, vicious attacks on savers, passing laws requiring one engage in commerce, instead of a voluntary action as it has always been.

"People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people."-V

Bananamerican's picture

"not one big fish in jail..."

beat me to it, nmewn

Harlequin001's picture

Of course the big question for Hong Kong and everywhere else would be, "Why bother signing all these tax information exchange agreements when the US can simply hack its computers and steal the information anyway?"...

So, can we agree then that the US doesn't need any agreements other than to hide the fact that it has full and unfettered access to stolen tax files, just needs some means it can rely on to make these files admissible in court?

Disclaimer: I love George Bush and Obama. I think they're great..... just in case don't you know...

MissCellany's picture

So strange to see an American defecting to Russia (even if only temporarily)...

francis_sawyer's picture

They're here to help... as always... [government]


I used to have a NEWER model truck that the steering was hacked... Everytime I got in it it drove straight to the liquor store... & you people always wonder why your boats are always sinking...

DaddyO's picture

I used to own a little car that had the exact same issue. I sold it and made some changes, now I trudge a road to a happier destiny!

My hope is for more Ed Snowdens to appear in this country, more information to be exposed on the treacherous path of these ,gov tyrants who control things currently.

This is still a great movie being played out in realtime as the world watches.


hivekiller's picture

I work for the government and I'm here to help. Rates right up there with, "of course I'll respect you in the morning" and "I am not a crook".

Things that go bump's picture

"Trust me." My personal favorite.

myne's picture

Three things should always be mechanical.




I hate autos.

MisterMousePotato's picture

In the book Real Men Don't Eat Quiche, the author advocated for automatic transmissions: "Real men aren't afraid of having their cars do the shifting for them," or some such words.

YuropeanImbecille's picture

Here is one of the people behind the talk:



Listen, I do not expect you mental midgets to get your heads around this. I am just telling you how it is, so when you face your destiny you can not claim you were "uninformed".



francis_sawyer's picture

He should head to Tel Aviv... I'm sure they'd roll out the red carpet...

Poor Grogman's picture

A mental midget is king in the land of the mental amoebas.

francis_sawyer's picture

In the land of the one eyed snakes ... The circumcized snake charmer is king...

giddy's picture

...ummmm...based on m.o.... the girlfriend likely is...

Alexandre Stavisky's picture

Spy v. Spy creates advantages for power brokers.  (1) great distraction from the looting (2) puts evildoers who don't have official cartel sanction on notice that WE KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING! (3) Renews the old false cold war dichotomies (4) Gives the impression that intelligence capabilities have reached a globally unified fusion of complete reach touching every human being and node of intelligence on the planet (5) Increases the fear and awe of power to keep the sheeple in line

It is all complete tomfoolery.  Just remember that all these minds/bodies in the employ of gov't and military are usually lazy, full of personal defects, sloppy, and full of error.  Rarely are those who devote their life's labours to the police state in any way equal to one striving in the private sector in their everyday make-something-out-of-nothing.  The truly talented would never sell their souls to spooky intelligence agencies, they would be making some seriously soul-gratifying invention or creative work.  Snooping in everyone's underwear drawers is contemptible.

It does take some mind share away by distraction from the primary problem though, and so:

Time for your secular catechism.  You can't have a mingled approach believing in some free market pricing mechanism of one sector while fully understanding that the FED/Banking cartel OWNS other parts.  Years ago if I'd said, "The Fed will step in to purchase virtually all bonds and agencies".  I'd have been laughed to scorn.

The Fed has unlimited powers to produce the claim upon the nation's wealth.

The supervisory and regulatory powers have been captured and stripped of powers to protect the interests of the individuals.

There is no free-market "double-blind" trading.

It's acknowledged that the NSA has deep pervasive blanket spying activities on the population.  You think your trading practices, portfolio, and risk temperament haven't been sniffed through and used to transfer your savings/capital to the financial sector?

There are no powers to check the price making powers of the cartel.  They can make any physical market zero cents or a trillion dollars.   Thin air money causes them no pain and a bottomless purse can move markets to ANY point they desire.  Talk of loss of control is laughable.  The only constraint would be the repudiation of the currency.

The cold fact is that the global economy is under long term contraction.  The emission of money without sound backing by either a commodity or the true production of the economy can create an illusion of growth that can be funneled into financial instruments...to prolong the game.  If sound money were the baseline of the economy all principal would be withdrawn from nearly all investment as the only probable return would HAVE TO BE NEGATIVE.

Powerful entities are fighting for their existence.  That they must do so in open sunshine defying all the moral, civil, legal, ethical codes is a testament to the desperation and duress.  The pirates much prefer operating under cloak of darkness and in secrecy.

Pretending that gain can be obtained from the corrupted financial process when you are fully aware how blatantly manipulated all the global markets are is intellectual cowardice.


TwoShortPlanks's picture


"Snowden's a singleton seeking to reconnect with a one night stand. Like Cruise, he foolishly jumped up and down on a couch publically proclaiming his love, nobody wants a love sick fool; infidelity is the attraction, not loyalty. Running to where the romance first started, like a one night stand turning up on your door step, bad form, bad move, zero craft.
Like watching a blind bull in a china shop (pun intended), hilarious to watch!
I'm not talking about a woman, and I'm not going to spell it out."

America's Paper Hero. Let's see how this Snowden...thing, unfolds, shall we?!

Urban Roman's picture

They'll drone ya when you're talkin' on the phone ...

Whatta's picture

They'll drone ya when your trying to wet your bone...

nmewn's picture

They'll drone ya when your driving in your car...

redpill's picture

They'll drone you when you say they've gone to far...

Don't die by Hellfire all alone!
Eeeeeeverybody must get droned!

Strut's picture

They'll drone you when once made out to be a liar...

1C3-N1N3's picture

They'll drone you if they "suspect" you conspire.

WillyGroper's picture

They'll drone ya when you're playing your guitar.

myne's picture

Wait... is the NSA Santa Clause?

You better watch out 

You better not cry 

You better not pout 

I'm telling you why 

Santa Claus is coming to town 

He's making a list, 

Checking it twice; 

Gonna find out who's naughty or nice. 

Santa Claus is coming to town

He sees you when you're sleeping 

He knows when you're awake 

He knows if you've been bad or good 

So be good for goodness sake 


Spastica Rex's picture

No. Santa isn't real. :(

StychoKiller's picture

Santa Bot (Futurama):  "Your misletoe is no match for my TOW Missile!"

lakecity55's picture

They'll drone you when yer drinkin' at the bar.

Au Member's picture

Dont respond to this it's a honey trap to gauge your reaction to formulate their next chess move. Probably fail the turing test if you asked it questions. I was a military officer so understand the need for secrecy but my gradparents fought this form of fascism that the NSA is working for

silvermail's picture

It is our peaceful the democratic opposition in Syria and this is our bright future in our countries:

Glossary of terms:

The international community – the United States, and subject the country.
Peaceful citizens – citizens who receive weapons from the United States and kill in the interest of the United States.
Democrat – a terrorist who kills women and children in Washington’s interests and in the name “values ??of democracy”.
Main value of democracy – oil.
Obama – the white dove of peace.

theMAXILOPEZpsycho's picture

Thats rubbish.

You are free to say whatever you like - I only intend to report you to my superiors if I consider you may present a legitimate threat.

I'm here to win over the hearts and minds - to convince people of the clear need for surveillance in a rapidly changing and dangerous world. I'm not here to shop people to my superiors, as you conspiracy nuts would like to believe.

Bearwagon's picture

Well, let me guess: Your superiors, on the other hand, are free to declare whatever they don't like me to say as a 'legitimate' threat, right? You would be well advised to question your 'superiors', and ask yourself how they achieved the positions they are in. What you are saying strongly reminds me of Adolf Eichmanns argumentation, back in 1960. Beware authoritarian personalities! 

GetZeeGold's picture



I only intend to report you to my superiors


You'll have to wait until someone gets back to the nurses station first.

Au Member's picture

theMAXILOPEZpsycho, here's a quote from a speech that you might like to study:


I cannot recognize the verdict of guilty. . . . It was my misfortune to become entangled in these atrocities. But these misdeeds did not happen according to my wishes. It was not my wish to slay people. . . . Once again I would stress that I am guilty of having been obedient, having subordinated myself to my official duties and the obligations of war service and my oath of allegiance and my oath of office, and in addition, once the war started, there was also martial law. . . .That is what the government did. . . . At that time obedience was demanded, just as in the future it will also be demanded of the subordinate

**Edited to remove reference to religion that will inflame**



My polite advice is to try and stop being a mindless, souless tool, start serving your fellow humans and not the psycho's who have captured the global political process


(that's me for the Gulag- Cheers Prism you cunt)

eXMachina's picture

theMAXILOPEZpsycho works for the government therefore is a traitor to our freedoms. I'm sharpening my pitchfork, it has your name on it!

smlbizman's picture

only if you are a legitmate threat to his......vagina....

Go Tribe's picture

Wait until your father learns what you're posting. Or did you forget his face?