The road to asylum in South America for NSA leaker Snowden goes through Cuba

What an interesting group of countries have come to the defense and protection of this champion of freedom, liberty, and personal privacy.

Via NPR:

If Snowden Tries To Get To Latin America, Cuba Could Be Key

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who spilled secrets about the NSA's surveillance programs, has been condemned by U.S. officials. But he's been praised by some people around the world. In Berlin this week, supporters carried his picture at a demonstration.

The news that the leaders of Venezuela and Nicaragua raises an obvious question:

If Russian authorties give him permission to leave, can he get to either country from , where he’s been lingering in legal limbo for nearly two weeks?

“The only ‘safe’ commercial flight across the Atlantic — one that would avoid U.S. extradition treaties — is to Cuba. Cuba has an extradition treaty from 1904, but the Castro government could chose to ignore it. From Havana, Snowden could connect to Caracas, Venezuela, or Managua, Nicaragua.”

But , “it is not clear if the Cuban authorities would let him transit … and there was no sign of Snowden aboard the flight to Havana on Saturday.” What’s more, “given the of the Bolivian president’s plane this week over suspicions that Snowden was onboard, using European airspace could prove problematic.”

With financial help from his supporters, ABC News adds, Snowden might be able to charter a private plane. It writes that: “Reports last week quoted the cost of a private plane to Ecuador to be more than $200,000 on one of the few private jets that could make the trip without refueling. Similar flights to Venezuela or Nicaragua would presumably be only a bit less.”

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