It looks like Edward Snowden has decided to create international pressure against the US government’s attempts to block his travel. Although he has offers of political asylum from three Latin American countries (Venezuela, Bolivia, and Nicaragua), the determination of the US government to get its hands on him, and the willingness of its client states in western Europe to assist it in doing so, present major difficulties for him to get there. This article by the McClatchy news service discusses the hurdles in his path.
Snowden has said that the US is violating Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that guarantees the right of asylum. He has called a meeting at the Moscow airport with representatives of Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Transparency International, and other groups. The meeting was held at 9:00 am US Eastern time and was closed to the press but it is now over. A statement will be issued later but information is being released already with the Guardian having a liveblog of events.
The latest news is that he is first going to seek asylum in Russia, which will give him some safety and freedom of movement, and then perhaps go to Latin America later. Apparently Ecuador has also offered asylum, making five countries in all.